Kerala (India) state goes open source

In India, Kerala State Government is using an open source software to boost its IT literacy rate.

The Kerala government has identified free and open source software (FOSS) as a major strategic component in its efforts to build an inclusive information society. The state government has partnered with Red Hat to train the technical staff of various government organizations as well as school teachers on desktop Linux and other open source applications. The Linux vendor will also work with the state government to promote Kerala as a global destination for developing open source software. Kerala is the latest Indian state to widely support the use of open source software in schools and government departments. According to V. S. Achutanandan, the Chief Minister of state, Kerala has always been a leader in literacy and now he wants to make Kerala a leader in e-literacy.