Open Source is a Must for India
India is a developing country. Most of us are seeing India's future as a developed country. Will IT play a role in this? I strongly feel "yes". I also feel that India's development would depend on the idea that how many Indians are willing to adapt to the Open Source Business Model. I present two ideas on why open source is a boon for India. The first would be on the basis of the facts suggesting that India cannot realise one laptop per child dream if it is using proprietary software. Open source is cheap, better, affordable, reliable. Open-source software meets the basic criteria of useful and affordable that people and businesses in emerging economies such as India need to adopt them. "To koi ye kyun le, wo na le". As pointed out in the red hat articles with exact numbers, open source would cut down the cost by a lot and help people realise the dream. To add to it, Indian industries are mostly small or medium scale, which adds to the need of using affordable IT products in India. Secondly, the fact that India has been only a "service-based" IT industry, is not too encouraging for me. If India has to succeed, India has to make a choice. The choice to start product based industries in India. If India has to "control" the world IT industry, it has to be developing products independently. Open source provides an even playing field to all. It is to be said here that Open Source is a business model, key term being business. It is not doing something for free (well, ya, ok). Indians can earn a lot of money using GPL. The plan is to compete with the existing companies by distributing stuff for free while still earning revenue from training, resources, donation and advertisement. All the views are entirely mine and I will be happy to answer questions and discuss more.