ELCOT Call for OSS partnership and support // LUGs may join ELCOT’s efforts
Posted by egovindia on June 25, 2006
TamilNadu is one of the pioneers in the use of OSS. Already 6500 computers have reached the village panchayats in linux environment under Panchayat computerisation programme.
It is heartening to note that almost all the young IAS officers want only OSS be promoted in their respective offices/jurisdiction. This calls for a quick and efficient role from ELCOT to support the current initiatives of Govt of TN in the area of OSS.
ELCOT looks for partners and volunteers who can join ELCOT's efforts to promote OSS in Government functioning.
Already certain companies have expressed willingness to join.
ELCOT is shortly setting up an open source support centre in its corporate office to support government organisations adopting OSS. The support would be for operating system (open suse & Fedora core 5), database (Postgresql) and openoffice.org suite.
ELCOT needs large number of OSS volunteers to make this initiative a public owned effort. ELCOT runs a call centre. This would be upgraded to include support for OSS queries. A website needs to be built to support the volunteers who wish to join the effort. ELCOT is shortly finalising a vendor for the web portal development for this.
LUGs from Chennai and other areas are requested to join the initiative.
C.Umashankar IAS., (TamilNadu Cadre)
& Managing Director, Electronic Corporation of TamilNadu (ELCOT)
Mankind deserves open standards and open source software. Only the chosen ones get its taste. Others just hear the taste.