Linux Is Going Nowhere At The Desktop: Intel

by Sunil Kumar    Jun 06, 2005

The Intel Innovation Meet, which was held at Renaissance in Mumbai, highlighted various aspects of Intel’s growth strategy for the future and its plans for emerging markets and India.

Elaborating on the significance of the 40-year anniversary of Moore’s Law, Anand Chandrashekhar, vice president of Intel said that Moore’s law had permeated every walk of our life.

According to him, consistent IT challenges would lead to business process innovation. Since data volume grows 2x every 12-18 months, the industry had reached a strategic inflection point. With flat IT budgets, he stressed that what the industry needed is to deliver the services on a consistent level. He felt that understanding differing market segments and defining key elements of the platform are important.

Speaking about Open Source for enterprises, Chandrashekhar said, “We would like all operating systems to run and be available on our platform. While Linux is going good at the back end, at the client side, it is going nowhere.”

He also revealed plans to establish a platform definition center in Bangalore that would define potential new computing platforms and technologies specifically for India and South Asia.

In the subsequent session, Gerry Greeve, vice president, sales and marketing group, Intel spoke at length about Asia’s progress towards a digital continent. According to him, Asia was the number 1 billings region and considering that 45% of the population was less than 25 years old, new industry leaders would emerge from this part of the world.

A converged technology design and manufacturing centre was the order of the day. He revealed 10-point Asia wide initiatives for growth, some of which were computer labs being put in every high school in India and Intel cooperating with various local governments to aid in various community initiatives.

On day two, in the Kofee with Ketan session, the technorati had a field day. Ketan Sampat, president of Intel India elaborated on Intel’s growth plans for the future. According to him, affordability was a definite issue, and subsequently the whole paradigm would change in the Indian market. Intel capital had suffered a boom and then a gradual downturn.

Intel India in Bangalore had moved from a base of 10 engineers to 2000 engineers with utilities developing next generation Centrino microprocessors for enterprise computing. Apart from the US and Israel, development of advanced microprocessors would be done in the development facility at Bangalore.

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