IBM is continuing its crusade to make Linux the world's most popular operating system.
Its general manager for Linux, Jim Stallings, is currently on tour in India.
Big Blue is also taking its strategy to China, South Korea, Russia and Brazil, the coutries that represent rapidly growing markets for IBM.
Stallings is meeting ministry of IT officials in New Delhi and several other oficials of India's various state governments.
IBM has built a strong force of 3,000 Linux-certified practitioners, while around 12,000 people within the company have some kind of Linux exposure. Its Linux-related business now tops $2bn.
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"IBM has been committed to Linux for years and supports the 'opening up' of software and services," says R Dhamodaran, vice-president and country executive, IBM Software Group.
As well as working closely in India with some 40 ISVs who are developing applications in areas of banking, finance, e-governance, retail and healthcare, IBM has just set up a set up a Linux centre of competency (CoC) in Bangalore with two branches in New Delhi and Mumbai.
LinuxWorld staff write for IDG News Service