IBM has earmarked $100 million to promote Linux in India as an operating system on its hardware. It is also in talks with various Indian government agencies to bring Indian language support on Linux.
IBM has already invested in setting up a development centre in Bangalore, which supports business partners and Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) across the ASEAN/South Asian region. It has also set up a 'Linux Competency Centre' in Bangalore, which develops standards and embedded software for open source software.
According to a recent report by International Data Corporation, an independent IT industry research agency, Linux currently has 27 per cent of the worldwide server operating system market and continues to grow by 28 per cent annually.
IDC also predicts that the Linux base will grow by 80 per cent year-on-year in India for the next five years, while in the Asia Pacific region it is expected to grow by 52 per cent.
Linux is driven by open source developers across the world and represents an opportunity for countries like India, which has significant development strengths, analysts said.