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My quote in FE article about IE 7 launch.
Prakash Advani feels IE is a reactive strategy for MS, which has primarily replicated the Firefox features and is weary of its growing market share.
Firefox’s functionalities like tabbed browsing, simple interface and customised configuration were popular. One important area of innovation by Firefox is the creation of more than 100 extensions that support additional functionalities, says Advani.

From an article in The Telegraph about the launch of SUSE Linux Enteprise Desktop 10

“We are confident that with Desktop 10, we will give Microsoft a run for its money,” averred Prakash Advani, Novell’s practice head for the subcontinent.

From CIOL’s article.

Talking to Cyber Media News on the sidelines of the SUSE 10 road-show in Chennai, Prakash Advani, Linux Practice Head, Indian Subcontinent, said that the latest offering was part of the ‘Better Desktop’ project, and the suite contains various performance-enhancing features such as the Beagle – desktop search, apart from the Novell version of Open office with words, spreadsheet, photo editing, database application etc.,

From article.

Linux Practice Head at Novell, Prakash Advani told moneycontrol, “The SUSE Linux Desktop 10 makes sure that along with being user-friendly and having better features, it provides complete inter-operability to its users. So, never again would you face a problem when operating on 10 different applications or windows at the same time.”

From Network Computing article:

Virtualisation is the abstracting of the software from the underlying implementation. Server virtualisation has been around for decades now, and it is a mature technology,” comments Prakash Advani, Linux Practice Head, Novell India.

From an Infoworld article.

If Indian developers get more involved in open-source projects, they could do wonders for the country and the open-source community at large, according to Advani, of For now, however, the Indian developer is concerned with earning his “bread and butter,” he said.

“They can only start thinking of making free contributions to the open-source community and society at large after they ensure that their basic material requirements are met,” Advani said.

Read the full article.

From Free Software Magazine:

Prakash Advani, a long-term supporter of Free/Libre and Open Source Software, and earlier head of the network, has argued that GNU/Linux is being increasingly accepted by the corporate world, both as a tool to save money and offer cutting-edge technologies. Advani said that with 50 users, any firm could save considerable sums by using a Linux print-and-file server, as an internet and e-mail server, and also for networking. “It can also be used for web-servers, proxy-servers, internet servers, firewalls, routers, application servers, database servers or fax gateways,” he has said.

I got quoted in this article:

Nine years, five jobs and one entrepreneurial venture later, Prakash Advani, 33, decided to go back to college.

Go back to college even as you work!

Well I am still 32 🙂

From DQ Channels India:

The experts in this domain suggest the best way to begin offering solutions on Linux is to take up edge-of-network projects. These include setting up mail, proxy or web server, putting up firewall and intrusion detection systems in place. “That’s how we started and today we have evolved to a stage wherein, we have our own solutions, which we productize and sell,” informs Prakash Advani, Senior VP, Netcore Solutions.

From Computer Reseller News:

Prakash Advani, senior VP, Netcore Consulting, and Venkatesh Hariharan, both co-founders of Indlinux.Org, an Indian language GNU/Linux initiative, said, “This is an endorsement of the large market which exists for local language solutions. We believe major customer for this product will be those government and public sector units, which have bilingual computing as a policy and who are not aware of free software.”

Express computer has quoted me in this Article

Says Prakash Advani, senior vice president, Netcore Solutions, “Novell has a strong presence in the Indian market. Many top organisations are still using Novell NetWare somewhere in the organisation. Since Novell already has a foot in the door (a server in the organisation) running these services, the company can not only offer a migration path but also other services that they were not providing earlier.”

Posted by Frederick Noronha:

Linux is not important only from the free point of view. It is powerful and
robust. It is also flexible and gives you the power to modify. This is
important to some; since most commercial software are US-based. “We need
something that can be customised to our taste and requirements,” says
the 28-year-old CEO of a website called that aims to promote free
operating systems, Prakash Advani.

From Express Computer article:

Prakash Advani, co-founder of said that the organisation has been working on localising the GNU/Linux operating system to Hindi for the last three years. Localisation involves changing the menus and other elements of the graphic user interface from English to Hindi.

“Hindi is the third largest language in the world, yet there are no operating systems available in this language. therefore decided to make Hindi support available for free to create a revolution in Indian language computing,” said Advani.


The latest to join the local language computing bandwagon is the open-source community that has been trying local language versions for the past two years or so. Consider the recently released IndLinux Milan v0.37, with a Hindi interface by Mumbai-based Netcore Solutions. Says Prakash Advani, Co-founder,, Netcore Solutions, “Hindi is the third largest language in the world, yet there are no operating systems available in this language. therefore decided to make Hindi support available for free to create a revolution in Indian language computing”.

From ChannelTimes:

“The cost of Indian language computing is very high in the market. One has to make additional investment to get the Indian language proprietary software. Thus Linux being a free OS, we decided to come out with the Hindi version in Linux, by which Hindi-speaking masses would come into the mainstream of the digital age,said Advani.

From Economic Times

Prakash Advani, senior vice president, Netcore Solutions said the shared source code programme by Microsoft is a trap in disguise and may end up forcing the government not to extend support to the open source movement and encourage adoption of Linux.

LinuxJournal article:

Languages like Urdu and Sindhi have right-to-left scripts that look similar to Arabic but are, in fact, different, says Prakash Advani who some years back launched the initiative. Urdu is the main language of Pakistan but is also used in India.

From International Herald Truibune:
“India is a very service-oriented country. Most of the software development that India does is actually delivering services to companies abroad. We have a lot of manpower which can be channelized to do that,” said Prakash Advani, chief executive of Mr. Advani’s company is in the process, he said, of “setting up a Linux support infrastructure to address the world market.”

Mid-Day Adopts Linux For Its Enterprise Mailing Needs

Adds Prakash Advani CEO of, “The decision to build on Linux and other open source technologies is now being accepted by corporates as they no longer have issues of support agreements”.

From rediff:

Rich tributes paid to Dewang Mehta

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