IBM Mulls Linux For Its PCs
At present, IBM PCs, aimed mainly at the commercial segment, come pre-loaded with Microsoft’s Windows OS. The PCs come with two variants of Windows OS — XP Home and XP Professional.
IBM officials were not ready to specify any time frame for loading the Linux OS, since the decision has to be taken on a global scale. But IBM, having seen the growing acceptability of Linux as a desktop OS in the Indian market, aims to leverage this opportunity.
IBM India’s personal computing division brand manager Ajay Mittal said IBM is looking for a Linux distributor in India.
“IBM offers several models of notebook and desktop PCs certified to run versions of Linux. IBM is seeing Linux on client systems used in several areas. These include workstations for engineering and digital content creation applications, retail environments, call centre applications, and applications involving transactional work, such as order entry,” he noted.
He said Linux deployment is also now becoming popular for general purpose desktop usage, with increasing availability and interoperability of applications. The popularity of Linux can be gauged from the fact that Hewlett-Packard is now selling Compaq Business PC loaded with Linux OS and AMD Athlon processor, at Rs 33,990. Many local brands are also offering Linux as an alternative OS to Windows.
According to market reports, last year IBM sold around 74,000 PCs compared with
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