Japanese telecommunications company, Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) is joining the Open Source Development Labs (OSDL).
Yuji Inoue, senior vice-president of NTT, said, "NTT Laboratories plans to use open-source software in enterprise computing systems and various applications. Through these activities we contribute to open-source software communities and the integrity of the information-sharing society."
By joining OSDL, it will help define features needed to improve the reliability and scalability of Linux, to contribute together as NTT group companies in establishing Linux as the computing platform for telecom carrier IT systems, he said.
Linux has been seeing growing adoption among enterprises in Japan.
Market research firm IDC expected Linux to continue growing at a much faster pace than Windows and Unix in the server space.
According to IDC Enterprise Server Tracker, Linux server shipments and spending will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40% and 31% respectively from 2002 to 2007.
"Linux use in enterprise datacentres is growing quickly," said Stuart Cohen, chief executive officer of OSDL.
"With the commitment of global companies like NTT to join OSDL and participate in the working groups, we can bring unmatched resources and technical expertise to accelerate the adoption of Linux in Japan and around the world."
NTT comprises more than 430 companies with 200,000 employees in Japan and around the world.
Written by LinuxWorld staff