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A Free Open Source Software Manifesto for India

A petition addressing Indian political parties

by Public Software for Public Sector, 13 March 2009

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FOSS Manifesto

The Free and Open Source Software community in India calls upon
political parties to make FOSS usage and promotion a central part of the IT, e-government and education plans in their election manifestos. FOSS is software which is liberally licensed to grant the right of users to study, change, and improve its design through the availability of its source code. The open, inclusive and participatory nature of FOSS is a natural fit for the vibrant traditions of Indian democracy and its emphasis on sharing knowledge. Since software is the foundation of the digital economy, India’s IT infrastructure should be built on FOSS and not on closed, proprietary software systems that enforce restrictive licenses, limit the freedom of users and encourage monopolistic behavior.

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