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Performance Computing: Linux in India

Oct 10, 1999, 17:27 (4 Talkback[s])
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"India is UNIX country-Indian programmers are almost obsessed with UNIX. And its cost. A free and powerful OS is needed by users in India, and Linux is a dream come true. Although Windows NT is the fastest growing commercial platform in the country, Linux is the fastest growing OS overall. In India, industry analysts and associations estimate about 10,000 users are using Linux as their primary OS. Many high-profile institutions, like the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, which spearheaded IT growth in India, are already using the freeware..."

"India will use Linux in the coming years as [the OS] offers great features at an even greater price-an excellent combination for the price-sensitive Indian market," said Professor B.H. Jajoo of the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad. Any way you look at it, Linux, with its low cost and ability to make the most of scarce resources, is appropriate for India."

"Compaq India was one of the first companies to support Linux on Alpha and Intel, and has thrown its weight behind Linux in India since the early days. "It is time for everybody to start using this OS in a big way," says P.P.R. Rao, Director of Compaq India. "Linux is a great phenomenon."

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