The pen­guins are on the march in India. It’s won­der­ful to see the states of Ker­ala and Tamil Nadu tak­ing their future devel­op­ment seri­ous­ly by adopt­ing free soft­ware on a wide scale. My par­ents are from Tamil Nadu, and most of their fam­i­lies still live there. Some of them have been involved quite con­sid­er­ably in edu­ca­tion­al and com­put­ing projects, which have unfor­tu­nate­ly been based around Win­dows. This does­n’t help any­one in the long term (apart from the ven­dors con­trol­ling the lock-in), so it is ter­rif­ic to see them work­ing towards some auton­o­my and freedom. 

P.S. As of today, I am a quar­ter of a cen­tu­ry old. Howzat?!

Update: On the con­verse, we have absolute­ly appalling con­duct in the so-called ‘devel­oped’ world. How can a democ­ra­cy func­tion when the mech­a­nisms of gov­ern­ment are hid­den behind pro­pri­etary data con­structs? Is it tru­ly wise to hand the keys to pub­lic infor­ma­tion over to cor­po­ra­tions that have zero account­abil­i­ty to the pop­u­lace? Even their so-called ‘open’ for­mats aren’t real­ly open at all.