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'Red' Kerala goes Open source

From CNET news : India's Kerala state government is counting on open-source software to boost its IT literacy rate. According to a statement, the Kerala government has identified free and open-source software as a major strategic component in its efforts to build an inclusive information society.

The Indian state, located on the country's southwest coast, is partnering with Red Hat to train the technical staff of various government organizations and 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. Tamil Nadu, which embarked on a plan in January to put Linux in government offices, schools and villages, is making progress. Tamil Nadu is located on India's southeast coast.

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