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Microsoft Stands To Gain
Microsoft must be licking its chops over attempts to impose ideological purity on Linux software ("What Will Drive Open Source?" March 19). Just as Linux is beginning to get traction, here come those who have an agenda to keep Linux pure, which will split the Linux community and slow adoption.

If you modify and resell code, you should have to share it, since you benefited from sharing in the first place. If you modify code for your own internal purposes and don't resell it, it's not fine to be forced to subsidize competitors in the marketplace who are too lazy or greedy to modify code. Why should they when they can wait for someone else to do it for them?

This isn't freedom. It's an attempt to force an ideological and anti-capitalist point of view on Linux. If that's what the vast majority of Linux builders want, that's fine. But before long it will be just another fringe operating system, just like the long string of Unix operating systems that had to each go their own way while Microsoft was busily conquering the world ... and charging users for it. If I didn't know better, I'd suspect that those behind GPLv3 were in Microsoft's pay, since Microsoft benefits most from splits in the Linux community.

Michael Larkin
Owner, Electronic Technical Enterprises
Salem, Ore.

DC Can Save Energy
Your article on green computing was very informative ("Green Is Good," March 12). However, I think you should have also mentioned direct-current computing.

The issue with the use of direct current, instead of the usual alternating current as the energy source, is that it obviates the need for transformers in each device. Not only does this cut down on power/heat generation and subsequent cooling, but it also removes the transformer from the device and thus mitigates the recycling efforts.

While I recognize that it's not that simple an equation, battery power and DC distribution, coupled with backup generators, have been the staple power source of the telephone industry. This experience should be brought into an equation to assess the relative value of DC computing versus the current environment in the efforts to further green computing goals and to save money.

John Pellegrino
Program Manager, Computer Sciences Corp.
Fort Monmouth, N.J.

Green Beyond IT
Thanks for your article on green computing. The issues you touched on are heartfelt, and those concepts should be applied to anywhere in the commercial world, not only in IT.

Dr. Daniel W. Kwong
Vice Chairman, Board of Trustees
World Eminent Chinese Business Association (Beijing)
Monterey Park, Calif.

India's Tech Hubs
I've been in the Indian IT industry for the last 13 or 14 years ("Beyond Bangalore: India's Next Outsourcing Hot Spots," March 27). I did my engineering from IIT Delhi and decided to stay in India. Same is true of my wife. The first 10 years of our careers were in Bangalore, and then we moved to Gurgaon (near New Delhi) in 2004. Before that move, we studied the IT landscape in detail. Having friends and relatives in some of the cities helped. The fact that my company is one of India's largest, with offices in all these cities, was an added advantage.

There are three current zones in India: southern (Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad); western (Pune, Mumbai); and northern (Noida, Gurgaon, Chandigarh, Delhi). A new upcoming zone is eastern (Kolkata). There are secondary cities coming up in these zones--e.g., Nagpur and Ahmedabad in the western zone; Coimbatore and Kochi in the southern zone. Each zone has its pros and cons. Incidentally (as pointed out by professor C.K. Prahalad), the first three are manufacturing hubs as well.

Rana Pratap Sircar
Senior Consultant, Wipro
Gurgaon, India

The Great Equalizer
I agree that costs offshore are on the rise, but the costs/prices in the United States also will rise during that period ("Offshore Outsourcing Cost Advantages To Disappear By 2027, Study Says," March 15). So there will always be a difference.

Sabin Ephrem
CEO, Horizontal Integration
Edina, Minn.

Correction
In "To Appreciate Tellme Deal, Just Order A Pepperoni Pizza," Nuance Communications acquired Mobile Voice Control last year (March 19).

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