What’s Happening: According to a recent report, the Defence Ministry of India has decided to replace Windows with an in-house developed Linux distro called ‘Maya’ on all computers that are connected to the Internet.
While details are very slim on this distro, we know that it is based on Ubuntu and has been developed locally within a very short 6-month period.
When to Expect: Initially, Maya will be installed on all internet-connected computers in the South Block of the Secretariat Building in New Delhi.
That block houses important offices such as the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Defence, and the Ministry of External Affairs.
But, the Ministry of Defence will be the first one to get Maya, the official directive has already gone live, with an August 15 deadline.
It is good to see that more and more governments are pushing for the use of Linux across critical administration agencies. And, this certainly is a big push in India.