"The British government and IBM are kicking off nine Linux test
programs in an effort to see how much money government agencies can
save by switching to open-source software.
"IBM also announced that it is setting up a Linux competency
center in Moscow in conjunction with the Russian government and
local universities to examine how Linux can be used in the
"The two announcements build on the momentum Linux is currently
enjoying in the public sector. In May, the city of Munich agreed to
replace 14,000 Windows desktops with Linux-based PCs. Open-source
rumblings are also being heard in Korea, China, India and the
United States. Open-source software, advocates say, can cut costs
and ease software licensing and management hassles..."