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IBM is to spend $200 million over the next four years to build seven Linux development centres in the Far East, Taiwan's Commercial Times reports.

Speaking at the Linux World Forum, held this week in Taipei, Big Blue's Mark Hennessy, vice CEO of the company's Asia-Pacific systems operation, said the centres would act as both software development facilities and marketing hubs from which the IBM can evangelise the open source OS to local PC and information appliance makers.

The centres will also provide Linux software and services, he said.

Hennessy's statements are among the clearest IBM has made that it intends to use Linux to beat Microsoft at its own game and become the world's largest operating system software supplier. ®

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