LINUXWORLD - Indian agency to deploy Linux across 30,000 school desktops

Indian IT services organization ELCOT is deploying Linux on desktops and servers in schools in a state in southern India.

The Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu Ltd. (ELCOT) is deploying Suse Linux Enterprise across 30,000 desktops and 1,880 servers in schools in southern India.

ELCOT is a government-owned agency that provides IT services to Tamil Nadu, a state in southern India. It has already migrated its own IT infrastructure from Microsoft's Windows operating system to Suse Linux Enterprise Server and Suse Linux Enterprise Desktop, Novell said Tuesday.

ELCOT said in January that its IT projects in Tamil Nadu will be deployed around open-source software, including Linux. ELCOT decided in favor of open-source software because it costs less than proprietary software, said C. Umashankar, managing director of ELCOT, in an interview in January. Open-source software is also easier to operate and has better security, he added.

ELCOT has worked with teachers to design a preloaded set of applications for the 30,000 new PCs.

A number of Indian organizations have adopted Linux. In another south Indian state, Kerala, the communist government of the state has said that it will promote open-source software.

The Indian federal government has, however, not taken sides in favor of either Linux or proprietary software. Microsoft is working with some states to train teachers to use computers running Windows.

As more companies in India and abroad are starting to use Linux, familiarity with Linux will help students get jobs, ELCOT said.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

John Ribeiro

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?