IBM is currently developing the Linux program because it believes the open information technology (IT) tool will give businesses a greater competitive edge in the near future.
IBM Systems Group country manager, Chong Chye Neo, said IBM was now building a platform for its customers to adopt Linux as the main operating system.
The platform that we are developing is to enable users to utilise different programs simultaneously so that communication and information could travel more efficiently within the organisation and also with other companies, she told a press conference at the IBM Linux Solutions Day in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
IBM has so far spent over US$1bil worldwide to help develop Linux because we can see the open source program benefit our clients, she said.
Chong said IBM chose Linux because it can reduce operating cost by not having to pay royalties for intellectual property rights and can easily develop programs to suit its operations.
Linux can also run on multiple platforms and have greater stability and security.
Meanwhile, Chong said Internet users was now evolving from mainly surfing the web for information to making simple transactions and being more interactive or moving towards on demand era. Bernama