A Letter to the Government of Karnataka
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Microsoft has for long ignored issues relating to Kannada on their Operating Systems. Despite several movements, campaigns to bring the issues to Microsoft's attention, things have just been the same. What more? To push its own standards and grab monopoly, Microsoft has signed a "Letter of Intent" with Government of Karnataka recently.
Implications? many! One serious implication would be Microsoft getting an unfair edge in the state despite its sheer negligence towards Kannada language.
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What's wrong with Kannada on Microsoft's operating systems?
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From the pages of History:
During the cold war between US and Russia, US planted logic bombs in software sold to the Russians to control their oil pipeline valves. Russia at a pre-determined time the logic bombs embedded in the control systems opened valves that should have been closed. It flooded out a lot of oil costing the Russians a lot of money in both loss of resource and clean-up efforts. Following links give more inputs on this issue.
Is this is not enough to awaken ourselves about the security risk? Does it not explain inherent insecurity of running sensitive government data on a proprietary OS provided by a foreign company?
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In public interest - October - 2007