November 7, 2003

Freewheeling Linux's on a roll

The Linux wave is spreading across the developer community like a forest fire. IBM's worldwide head for developer relations, Buell Duncan
told ET that momentum of Linux, whose source code is available for free, is very real.

Linux, a popular operating system alternative to Microsoft, is migrating from simple infrastructure type applications such a file server to complex
ones, while moving from servers to desktops. In India, IBM's programme "speed start your Linux applications" has been responsible for the development
of 2000 new Linux applications. Around 40% of the 7-lakh Indian developers have worked on the Linux platform. Customers demand choice, hence the huge
demand for Linux, he said.



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