> India's largest Linux rollout forges ahead despite tremendous odds
> Elcot's decision to switch platforms was a daunting task but the opportunity to bypass yearly software licensing fees was an irresistible incentive
> 1/16/2008 6:00:00 AM
> by Kanika Goswami
> On May 26, 2006, Elcot (Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu) let in its first penguin. Things would never be the same again.

> A year later, Umashankar and his team had moved 30,000 computers and 1,880 severs belonging to some of the state's schools to Linux -- creating possibly the largest Linux rollout in India.

> "First they migrated from Outlook Express to Mozilla Thunderbird for Windows. From there they took the mail folder and put it into the Suse Linux system, and started operating Thunderbird over Suse Linux system. Novel, isn't it?" Umashankar asks proudly.
> This interest helped his campaign to migrate completely to Suse Linux, from a 100 percent Windows environment.

Notice the importance of a cross-platform application (Thunderbird) to
the project's success. The project director claims the approach to be
novel, but it was discerned years ago and will be one of the most
important elements of the Linux migration paradigm of the next 5-10 years.