Learn2.com to provide Linux tutorial software

Shares of Learn2.com, a maker of educational software, soar after the company says it will offer programs that teach people to use the Linux operating system.

Shares of Learn2.com, a maker of educational software, rose as much as 73 percent after the company said it will offer programs that teach people to use the Linux operating system.

Learn2.com rose 1.94 to 4.97 on trading of more than 28 million shares by late afternoon, a 63.92 percent gain.

The shares of companies associated with the free Linux software have surged on optimism that it may prove to be an attractive alternative to Microsoft's dominant Windows software. Learn2com's software will be delivered via the Internet, corporate Intranets, CD-ROMs and on video.

Learn2.com's first programs will include tutorials on how to use the operating system that competes with Windows to run personal computers. The company will also offer a tutorial for a Linux-based word processing and spreadsheet programs.

In the next few months, the White Plains, New York-based company will add software for people developing computer systems and networks using Linux, such as tutorials on security and network administration.

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