Tamil Nadu (TN), the state of India is adopting open source software to solve security and high costs of Windows systems. The State Government has announced that the sate adopting SUSE Linux.
According to C. Umashankar, managing director of Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot), government departments across the state will switch from Windows desktops to Novell's Suse Linux and OpenOffice from this year. Till now, Elcot has sent 6500 Linux systems to villages and planning to send more 6,100 SUSE Linux. The local government is already running Red Hat Linux on some backend servers, together with a slew of open source software including the JBoss application server and PostgreSQL database. An open source financial application is secure for a new system, which will support 10,000 cooperatives in Tamil Nadu.