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Linux Across the Seven Seas: Report on "IT's Esperanto"

Linux Across the Seven Seas: Report on "IT's Esperanto"

"Love, peace and Linux," an IBM banner proclaims at New York’s Times Square.

These are the opening words of a short article, filed from Kolkata (Calcutta) by Indranil Chakraborty in the current edition of The Indian Express.

Chakraborty's flowery start continues:

Across the seven seas and 13 rivers, in the land of the Mahatma, Linux is engulfing India’s computing environment thus creating lot of discomfort to companies like Microsoft.

But then Chakraborty gets down to the nitty-gritty: why Linux?

He talks to Mr Arjun Mukherjee, chief technical architect of Virtusa (India) Pvt Ltd, a unit of a US-based global IT consultancy firm working in finance, telecom, and retail.

"The company has set up its first Linux consultancy centre at Hyderabad," Chakraborty reports, "where around 80-100 people will work on Linux-based software applications, services and support for big as well as large companies. It has 1,100 people working at its Hyderabad unit, with another 600 in Colombo [Sri Lanka]."

Chakraborty gives the next word to Mukherjee:

"The strength of Linux is its collaborative development environment where everyone contributes and create solution. So the applications go beyond the restrictive license schemes and practices. This not only lowers the computation cost, but it also creates very solid technology."

"According to Mr Mukherjee," concludes Chakraborty, "the Linux-based environment is going beyond the traditional computing architecture of more boxes, more operating system and more license fees to run applications. Rather, it is scalability, security, openness, and low cost of ownership which are driving the needs of the domestic and global demand of the corporations."

In other words, there is no difference between the impact of Linux in Kansas from the impact of Linux in Kolkata. Linux is truly the new IT Esperanto.

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