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Tuesday, 19 August 2014 11:20

Younger generation driving Linux take-up, says Canadian vendor Featured

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A Canadian technology company has started shipping notebooks and laptops loaded with Linux due to demand from the younger generation, the owner of the company says.

Braden Taylor of Eurocom, a company based in Ontario, said he shipped systems all over the world, including to Australia.

"We are finding that more and more of the younger generation are moving to Linux for a variety of reasons," he said, in response to queries.

"We are getting more and more inquiries about Ubuntu and Mint from the younger generation all over the world. They like that it is a low-cost alternative."

Ubuntu, a GNU/Linux distribution created in 2004 and distributed by the Canonical company, is the one of the more popular of the numerous distributions of which there are hundreds. Mint is a distribution that is a community effort and it has gained tremendous popularity over the last three years.

Tayor said: "They (the younger generation) like that they are part of a large community that works together to improve the OS and support each other." Linux, the kernel that powers the distributions, is distributed under the GNU General Public Licence version 2 that makes it mandatory for those who distribute it to also make all their changes available if requested.

Eurocom is offering laptops and notebooks for those returning to school, with a 10 per cent discount as part of its Education Programme. There are basic models and for those who need more grunt, there are NVIDIA Quadro-based mobile workstations for engineering and design students, combined with Intel Core i7 and Intel Xeon processors.

The three models being recommended at the moment are the Eurocom M3, the Eurocom Shark 3 and the Eurocom Electra 2.

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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