Importance of open source software underscored
India is the world leader in software expertise but awareness and use of open source software (OSS), a movement heralded by software engineers of Europe and America, remains restricted to ultra-geeks' circles.
Though the obvious benefits of OSS over proprietary software in terms of cost and usability are well documented and widely discussed among software engineers, the use in office and home environment remains low even in an IT-savvy country like India.
Recently Centre of the International Cooperation of Computerization, an international non-profit organisation, conducted a workshop in Chennai to promote OSS in association with Computer Society of India and Centre for Development of Advanced Computing. We caught up with Toru Yamauchi, managing director, CICC, Singapore on his views about the importance of developing OSS.
"It's not so much about opposing proprietary software," he clarifies straight up to clear any misconception on OSS being a fire-breathing dragon that is out to burn out the likes of Microsoft and other software giants.