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Red Hat to Add Support for Indian Languages

Linux developer Red Hat says it will add five new languages to its next generation of enterprise software – all Indian languages. Equally important, Red Hat plans to offer customer phone support in those languages.

Although the company didn’t say which languages it plans to support (India has 15 national languages), this is a positive sign. It brings the total language count that Red Hat supports to 15.

According to ComputerWeekly, India “sees a great opportunity in India for Linux desktop deployments in education, e-governance, and small and medium-sized enterprise.”

Microsoft, to my knowledge, does not offer enterprise software in any Indian languages. Like I’ve written in the past, should Microsoft fall from its mighty perch, lack of localized software will be one of the reasons why.

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John Yunker
John is co-founder of Byte Level Research and author of Think Outside the Country as well as 14 annual editions of The Web Globalization Report Card. He is also co-founder of Ashland Creek Press.
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