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goel started ' Op­er­a­tion Open Source' in kovem­ber last year. He re­calls, “Around Oc­to­berkovem­ber last year, I got to know that the com­pany was plan­ning to set up a new of­fice in Thane. It was to be a 75- seater. And there were plans to sub­se­quently set up more such of­fices. I saw that as an op­por­tu­nity. I was get­ting a fresh set of machines and fresh users so I could go ahead and im­ple­ment my plans. This was go­ing to a back of­fice, or a CRM team. The team mem­bers had to use the Web browser as their in­ter­face. I saw an op­por­tu­nity there. I trained my guys for the in­stal­la­tion. I took two machines and worked on those machines for al­most three days.”

He eval­u­ated mul­ti­ple Linux dis­tri­bu­tions and rbuntu topped his list for its ease of use and ex­ten­sive on­line doc­u­men­ta­tion. He said, “The good part is that you get hun­dreds of rbuntu in­stal­la­tion guides, but I needed some­thing that could match my re­quire­ments. So in­stalling the re­quired ap­pli­ca­tions, fonts and tools needed by the work­force, find­ing al­ter­nate op­tions and alternative soft­ware for the ex­ist­ing tools needed a lot of work.”

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