JNTU should adopt FOSS/ Swtich to Linux

The university, and all publicly funded institutions, should switch to free and open-source computer software.

This means the university, where possible, would switch to a Linux operating system instead of Microsoft Windows (desktop and server), and free software like LibreOffice instead of Microsoft Office.

Not only would the university save money on software, there is also cost savings on hardware. Many Linux operating systems have low system requirements, meaning they run very fast on old computers.

Governments and schools around the world have switched to free, open-source software to save money and promote open data. The list includes: America, China, Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Russia, Austria, Spain, France, and more.

I believe that as the public becomes more aware of free software, they will pressure publicly funded institutions to switch to it. This is an opportunity for the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) to be leader by promoting financial responsibly and open data.

For those unfamiliar with free Linux operating systems, the most popular is Ubuntu: http://www.ubuntu.com/desktop

The most popular free, open-source office suite is LibreOffice: http://www.libreoffice.org/