"Visiting Australia this week was Dan Frye, Director of
IBM's Linux Technology Centre . Immediately obvious from our chat
was the fact that Linux needs to compete in new markets rather than
try and challenge incumbent ones such as the desktop.
Interestingly, a small team of kernel hackers in Canberra is
playing an important part in that mission.
IBM contributes to the Open Source operating system via its
Linux Technology Centre (LTC). The rationale behind the 200 strong
programmer force is that the faster Linux improves the greater the
opportunity for IBM's hardware, application software and services
The way Frye and IBM have built the LTC has been through
opportunism. Employees of the LTC were hand-picked from the creme
de la creme of the open source development community, creating a
geographical curiosity whereby the LTC has its head office in
Beaverton, Oregon and international presence in cities like Hifa,