Thursday, April 4, 2013

Open Source for Security



In hindsight, it will appear appalling that China, and India, and so much of the world, entrusted its information to a few external corporations. Entire governments are run on software which could conceivably be misused by external interests. Word processors, spreadsheets, databases, web sites; so much Opaqueware. It is through sheer historic accident that we have sleepwalked into this state of affairs.

I hate to use the term, but we live in the era of cyberwarfare. I am not advocating absolutism or idealism (whether it be nationalism, or software zealotry), but mere pragmatism.

I want to raise this question to the Indian Government:
"Why are we paying for Opaqueware when Free Software is freely available?"

I recommend standardizing on a GNU/Linux distribution, preferably of Ubuntu lineage. If desired, a national distribution might be created.