Intel, which launched a program in November to make it easier for Chinese and Indian computer makers to, has now made the program global, the company said on Tuesday. That means that about 160,000 sales channel partners will get access to Intel's software kits for Linux, which include supporting software, scripts to automate installation and compatibility-checking tools, Intel said.
"The demand for Linux on the desktop, while still small, is growing and represents an opportunity for Intel's channel network," Intel spokesman Scott McLaughlin said in a statement. The software kit works with Linux from Red Hat, Novell, Red Flag and China Standard Software. Intel's corresponding program for Microsoft Windows is much better developed, but Intel said it will improve the Linux kit.