[gnulinuxinasia] INDIA: Tamil Nadu gets dual-boot Win-Linux desktops

  • From: "Frederick Noronha [फ़रेदरिक नोरोनया]" <fred@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 14 Aug 2007 11:04:03 +0530


Tamil Nadu gets dual-boot Win-Linux desktops
By Aaron Tan, ZDNet Asia
Thursday, March 01 2007 06:50 PM

The Indian state of Tamil Nadu has finalized a tender for 40,000
Lenovo desktops which can be installed with both Novell's Suse Linux
and Microsoft's Windows XP Starter Edition.

According to C. Umashankar, managing director of Electronics
Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot), the desktops will be deployed
across schools and government departments in the state. Elcot is Tamil
Nadu's state-owned IT supplier.

Umashankar said the desktops will be installed with either Suse Linux
or dual-boot Windows XP Starter Edition/Suse Linux configurations,
depending on the needs of the organization.

For instance, schools will be provided with Suse Linux desktops, while
government employees who still require Windows in their work will get
dual-boot machines, he told ZDNet Asia.

Dual-boot machines will cost 22,000 rupees (US$497) each, though this
was not the initial price point quoted by the vendors, Umakshankar
said, adding that Chennai-based IT company Origin Infosys will supply
the Lenovo desktops.

He said that Elcot was originally quoted 21,800 rupees (US$492) for
each Lenovo system, whether the preloaded OS was Suse Linux or Windows
XP Starter Edition. After some negotiation, Elcot secured the final
price of 22,000 rupees (US$497) for dual-boot systems, Umashankar

Suse Linux is a full-fledged OS with no restrictions on how the
platform is used, while Microsoft's Windows XP Starter Edition does
not allow users to run more than three software applications at one

According to Umashankar, users will be "encouraged" to use Suse Linux
as far as possible.

Earlier this year, Tamil Nadu announced plans for all government
agencies across the state to switch from Microsoft Windows desktop to
Linux and the OpenOffice productivity suite. The move is expected to
slash the local government's IT cost by 15 to 25 percent.

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