Sunday, April 15, 2007

Mumbai Cyber Cafe issue update

Last week, we met the police offficer in charge of the Cyber Cafe licensing
and requested the changes. We found the officer quite open to changes. Many
a times, community members feel that people are against us if they do not
recommend open source. However, I find that since open source/free software
is a relatively new phenomenon it is more a question of lack of awareness.
We made the police officers aware about Linux as a desktop operating system.
Given the size of India, there is a lot of work to be done in terms of
awareness building. As Red Hat's chairman, Matthew Szulik keeps saying, "It
is a marathon, not a sprint."