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Indian state’s agencies ordered to use open source by month’s end due to Microsoft's XP changes

The government of the Indian state of Kerala has ordered all of its public sector agencies using Windows XP to migrate to free and open source (FOSS) operating systems by 30 June.


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The move follows Microsoft’s ending of support for Windows XP from 8 April, including the end of technical assistance and security updates for the operating system.

Since March this year, there have been moves across the Indian public sector to open source. The central government’s IT arm has encouraged agencies to switch to open source operating systems. Another state, Tamil Nadu, has told its departments to install open source operating systems.

Kerala’s directive states that all agencies must migrate to FOSS operating systems unless there are “unavoidable circumstances” deferring the migration. Kerala government’s International Centre for FOSS (ICFOSS) has released a migration handbook for all public sector agencies. “The handbook, currently in its draft form, is for any institution that would like to minimise disruption during this transition. It is also open to the FOSS communities in Kerala and around the world, for suggesting improvements so as to make it even more relevant, in the true spirit of FOSS,” Satish Babu, Director of ICFOSS (pictured) added.

The full handbook is available here. Comments and contributions to improve these guidelines can be emailed to

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On 17 June 2014 Sam wrote:

When was this order issued? It took ten years to make the switch to FOSS in Munchen!

On 22 June 2014 IndianArt wrote:

Kerala is a great example which the rest of India may follow.

A shining model state! No wonder its called God's own country!!! :)

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