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Nepal pushes for FOSS adoption: Will the world follow?

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On the fertile battlefield of open source vs. closed source, Nepal has signalled a change as free and open source software such as Linux has been adopted as a serious contender to commercial software, a la Microsoft.

Most people enjoy free things, the word is used by many a retailer to entice customers in to the shops - “buy one, get one free” and the like. However, free and open source software (FOSS) has struggled to make a serious impact when in the ring with commercial heavyweights like Microsoft, because there were so many pirated versions of Windows operating systems, they were cheap and often come free with hardware which making it difficult for FOSS to gain a foothold.

FOSS’s ethos was always one of freedom of use, modification and the ability to share ideas and code. If you look at examples of how well this works you need look no further than Firefox or OpenOffice, which are both community contributed entities that have made that biggest impact on the mainstream computer user.

Closed-source programs can cost and arm and a leg too.

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