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Open Source in India Today

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Over the past decade open source software has become popular with technology users in India. The benefits of open source - affordability, availability of source code and freedom of choice - have made open source a preferred platform for many innovative Indian organizations and individuals who want to harness the power of high quality software which can be freely adapted to their own requirements.

What's Happening Today

India has a diverse range of interest groups promoting the adoption of open source software. Major motivators for these groups include politics and special interests, government programs, outsourcing service requirements, and education as well as skills training. Global issues such as software patents vs. freedom of knowledge and adoption of open standards have also become pivots around which local organizations and activists promote free and open source software.