Open source in India

June 11, 2005

The Indian government is trying to encourage the use of computers across the country by distributing free CDs that contain localized versions of popular open-source applications.

The government has started distributing CDs containing Tamil-language versions of various open-source applications, including the Firefox browser, the OpenOffice.org productivity suite and the Columba e-mail client. It plans to freely distribute 3.5 million copies of the CD to Tamil speakers worldwide, according to R.K.V.S. Raman, a researcher at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, a Bangalore-based organization involved in the production of the CD.

Open-Source software has two main advantages for the Indian population–
* It is relatively inexpensive and
* It can be modified fairly easily.


SugarCRM to launch an on-demand product

June 11, 2005

SugarCRM is about to launch an on-demand product for managing customer relations that it says will set businesses back just a fraction of the cost of other products on the market.

SugarCRM has a business model similar to that of Red Hat. It offers a free open-source version of its customer relationship management (CRM) application, Sugar Sales, on Sourceforge.net and sells licences for its enterprise version, Sugar Sales Professional, which includes additional features and services.

The on-demand product will bring CRM to companies that could not use it before because of restricted IT and financial resources.

"CRM is a $6 (billion) industry.


Open source in India

June 11, 2005

The Indian government is trying to encourage the use of computers across the country by distributing free CDs that contain localized versions of popular open-source applications.

The government has started distributing CDs containing Tamil-language versions of various open-source applications, including the Firefox browser, the OpenOffice.org productivity suite and the Columba e-mail client. It plans to freely distribute 3.5 million copies of the CD to Tamil speakers worldwide, according to R.K.V.S. Raman, a researcher at the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing, a Bangalore-based organization involved in the production of the CD.

Open-Source software has two main advantages for the Indian population–
* It is relatively inexpensive and
* It can be modified fairly easily.


SugarCRM to launch an on-demand product

June 11, 2005

SugarCRM is about to launch an on-demand product for managing customer relations that it says will set businesses back just a fraction of the cost of other products on the market.

SugarCRM has a business model similar to that of Red Hat. It offers a free open-source version of its customer relationship management (CRM) application, Sugar Sales, on Sourceforge.net and sells licences for its enterprise version, Sugar Sales Professional, which includes additional features and services.

The on-demand product will bring CRM to companies that could not use it before because of restricted IT and financial resources.

“CRM is a $6 (billion) industry.