Thursday, June 30, 2005

Free software for everyone in India

India is expanding a government-led program to provide free, local language software to all of its citizens, as it tries to broaden computer use in the country.

The project was initiated by India's Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, which aims to take computing to the country's masses in the language they are most familiar with.

The CD contains productivity software such as a browser, e-mail client and word processor, as well as tools such as a dictionary and spell-checker. While many of the productivity applications are open source and run on both Linux and Microsoft's Windows operating system, some of the utilities are closed-source and run only on Windows. The software can also be downloaded at


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