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IBM Introduces Linux-based Netbook Software Aimed at Developing World

Oct 07, 2009, 18:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Clay Dillow)

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"The Smart Work package aims to bridge the digital divide in places like Africa by coupling the low-cost of netbooks with non-proprietary systems software, bringing relatively high-powered computing to African businesses at a reduced cost. By leapfrogging PCs altogether and sidestepping Windows, IBM hopes to provide email, word processing, spreadsheets, social networking and the like to populations that otherwise wouldn't be able to afford it.

"IBM sees the software package as helping nations with limited resources reduce the funds they spend on technology and shift them to other "mission-critical" initiatives like health care and education. Using IBM's Open Document Format, IBM estimates governments and businesses can save up to 50 percent per individual against the licensing and administrative costs of Windows-based desktops."

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