In the United Arab Emirates, the Energy Competency Center will be devoted to helping the oil and gas industry use Linux for tasks such as. In Germany, the E-government Center will support , and the Integration Center will support retail, manufacturing and financial services customers. And in Brazil, the Linux Labs will work on translating Linux software for IBM's high-end mainframe line.
There also are several new Asian centers, including the China-IBM Linux Solution Cooperation Center in Beijing, which has 150 IBM-funded researchers; the Linux Hub Center of Seoul National university in Korea; and the Open Computing Center at the Nanyang Polytechnic Center in Singapore.
The centers join one thatin June 2002. IBM also opened a new financial services center in London.
Linux caught on at financial services companies such as. One element that appeals is the fact that Linux is very similar to the Unix operating system that's been popular among Wall Street companies for years.