WSJ writes about the Linux distribution that is getting a lot of buzz:

London-based Mr. Shuttleworth believes that while computer hardware — the physical bits that form your computer or other gadgets — has gotten more competitive, pushing down prices and pushing up innovation, software has by comparison been stifled by remaining proprietary. By giving away free desktop software, Mr. Shuttleworth believes he can reduce the cost of computing and make it as good as proprietary software. “At that point,” he says, “I think we’ll see a real surge of innovation.”

Perhaps the biggest impetus for change, ironically, may come from Microsoft itself. As the company pushes governments to crack down on rampant software piracy, those in the developing world will have to make a choice between risking arrest and fines or installing legal software they can actually afford, which is likely to mean open-source (free) software.

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Rajesh Jain

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