A study of 20 organizations in India conducted by Professor Rahul De’s team at IIM-Bangalore reveals that free and open source software (FOSS) is widely used and is a mainstream alternative to proprietary software. The study included large commercial enterprises, small and medium enterprises, government departments, educational institutions and NGOs in India. Professor De’s session will highlight successful examples of FOSS users in India, who have saved millions by using FOSS at the server and the desktop level. Using a forecast of PC sales in India, the session will also highlight how India can save close to Rs 10,000 crore ($2 billion), by using FOSS. Besides the economic impact, the session will also highlight the intangible benefits of FOSS. The benefits include the ability to freely distribute and upgrade the software, the ability to choose software without being driven by vendors, and the ability to control pirated software in the organization, amongst others.
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