June 11, 2004

Asian govts embrace Linux software

(SINGAPORE) Asian governments are adopting the freely-available Linux operating system (OS) in a bid to cut costs and address security concerns, helping the region drive global growth in demand for the software.

Linux is known as 'open source' software because the basic programming code can be copied and modified freely by developers, allowing wide collaboration. This is unlike proprietary software such as Microsoft's Windows and Sun Microsystems' Solaris version of the Unix OS, which have carefully-guarded codes. Linux competes mainly against Windows and Unix in the market for networked servers

Link: Business Times


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