Regulator, IBM to promote Linux in govt.

Wednesday, January 15, 2003

US-based computer giant IBM (NYSE: IBM) has signed an agreement with Chile's telecoms regulator Subtel to develop a Linux technology lab to promote open standards in the country, the regulator said in a statement.

The initiative aims to teach the use and application of Linux systems to government-employed professionals and technicians. Training will emphasize network design and administration, business support systems development and security administration.

"Transferring technology and value-added knowledge is a permanent policy of our company," IBM Chile manager Luis Siles said. "This agreement with Subtel is emblematic, since it establishes in Chile efforts [to promote] open standards, which IBM has backed at the global level during the last few years. Linux is a particularly suitable system to be used by governments," he added.

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In addition to providing Linux experts to run the training programs, IBM will also work with high-level government officials to better incorporate open systems into government IT platforms.

Subtel will facilitate the project by managing coordination between IBM and Chile's different government agencies.

IBM invests some US$1bn a year to promote the worldwide uptake of Linux, the main alternative to Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT) Windows. The company has designed over 3,000 Linux applications, including business applications such as SAP, jBase, Relavis, Sendmail, Fluent and SAS.