WSJ writes about the Linux distribution that is getting a lot of buzz:

London-based Mr. Shuttleworth believes that while computer hardware — the physical bits that form your computer or other gadgets — has gotten more competitive, pushing down prices and pushing up innovation, software has by comparison been stifled by remaining proprietary. By giving away free desktop software, Mr. Shuttleworth believes he can reduce the cost of computing and make it as good as proprietary software. “At that point,” he says, “I think we’ll see a real surge of innovation.”

Perhaps the biggest impetus for change, ironically, may come from Microsoft itself. As the company pushes governments to crack down on rampant software piracy, those in the developing world will have to make a choice between risking arrest and fines or installing legal software they can actually afford, which is likely to mean open-source (free) software.

Tech in China and India

The Economist writes: “although China and India are often lumped together as tomorrow’s technology titans, there are marked contrasts in their technological development. They have roughly the same population, but China spends 2.5 times as much on technology as India does. It is already the world’s largest mobile-phone market, and the second-largest market for PCs. Moreover, at the end of 2005, China had around 110m internet users, compared with 51m in India; and today China has 430m mobile-phone users, versus 120m in India. The two countries are adopting technology at different paces and in different ways.”


A note from Vijay Anand:

India, as a nation, walks the critical times in attaining the maturity of the entrepreneurial culture that is required to dramatically sustain its growing economy. A team of young and vibrant Entrepreneurs, technologists and passionate VCs are bringing together an not-for-profit event that they hope will spur the momentum in this space.

Proto.in is an event that is going to be happening in Chennai sometime in the next three months (dates are yet to be fixed), which hopes to bridge the gaps behind the entrepreneurs, VCs and the Technologists, in helping them to connect, share their passions, resonate with the ideas and get feedbacks on the next big thing to come. It is a showcase for financially-strained startups and companies entering the product space to attract mindshare, talent, and the attention of the industry, which will help them grant a better chance in succeeding.

For more information, visit www.proto.in and the planning updates at www.proto.in/blog.