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For a decade now, American computer hardware and software major International Business Machines (IBM) has been supporting Linux or the open source movement.

In 2002, Linux, the source code for which is freely available to anyone, became the key operating system for IBM servers. But what began as a move to rupture Microsoft's monopoly has become a passion of sorts for IBM.

In January, it opened up to other companies its intellectual property (IP) business with over 40,000 patents. In other words, it offers a patent licence to users of any software programme whose source code is made available for use or modification.

And promoting it with an evangelical zeal is Jim Stalling, vice president, IP and Standards at IBM. For him, the key growth drivers for Linux in India are its business partners, who can avail of the open source software to become globally competitive. He speaks to Nandini Lakshman, about arch rival Microsoft and why IBM has become magnanimous with its patents.

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