‘Drop move to secure Microsoft software’

Credits : Thehindu


The Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF) has urged the government to drop its move to secure Windows-10 Microsoft software in violation of the policy to use free software.

A DAKF release said here on Sunday that the IT Department had issued an order on November 29 for purchasing the software under the cover of the centralised purchase system. This was aimed at according a red carpet welcome to Microsoft and also render a blow to the gains acquired by using free software in e-governance, education and other sectors.

The move comes at a time when a circular that restricts the acquisition of such proprietorial software for use in government was in force. Scores of computers were functioning on free software without any hitch in general education sector, Government Secretariat and other departments. Even the International Centre for Free and Open Source Software under the IT Department is using free software extensively used for research, development and campaign purposes.

Vested interests

Hence, the DAKF urged the IT Department to give up the move, which it said, has been initiated under the interest of some officials.

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