Sunday, March 24, 2013

China switches to Linux

China is standardizing on a Linux-based OS, Ubuntu Kylin. This is bigger news than most realize! An increased user-base augurs significant improvements for Linux as a whole. Linux will get tested more thoroughly than ever. Its UX and its application offering will get rounded out properly. Suddenly there is a vast incentive to developing applications for Linux.

It has long been my wish that India should standardize on Linux as well. It is a shame that the only Operating System options Indian users typically consider are:

1. Pay for Windows
2. Pirate Windows

Neither is a sustainable model for a country so populous. India should adopt a spirit of international co-operation, and develop and promote its own distribution of Linux, with support for all major Indian languages, and strong integration with the Indian market.