Some international Linux-related news for you this afternoon:
Major information technology firms, including Oracle Corp., IBM Corp. and NEC Corp., will set up a consortium to sell servers and systems running the Linux operating system in Japan, a financial daily said on Thursday.
It would be the first time in the world that major IT firms join hands to market equipment running the free software, the Nikkei newspaper said.
The move is being spearheaded by Oracle and will launch as early as June, Nikkei reported. Apparently, this is all in response to a Japanese government procurement guideline that promotes the use of the Linux operating system within the government starting in July. Roughly 78% of servers in Japan run Windows; 14% run Linux. The latter number is bound to change with today’s news, however.