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“Linux is ready to run large mission-critical apps”

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David Bebko, Marketing Director, Asia-Pacific, Novell, on his company's new launches and strategies.

Along with the launch of SUSE Linux 10 you have also come up with a new branding strategy. Could you tell us about it and also about what do you mean by ‘Linux is ready’?

When we say Linux is ready, we mean that from our side we are ready to present it in the market with all features and functions. Above this is SUSE Linux 10 Desktop which clearly shows that Linux is ready for desktop users.

On the server side we have seen the evolution of Linux in edge-computing like Web servers and non-mission-critical applications. Today, Linux is ready to run large mission-critical applications. There are instances of large financial institutions using Linux servers today to do just that. Prior versions were best suited for specific applications that use fixed functions such as ATMs, and transactional workstations, and the motion picture industry. Now it’s maturing even more.

We see huge potential in APAC, especially in the government segment. We have seen the government being very proactive on open source- Linux. I feel India will whole-heartedly welcome open source.

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