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first Indian company to commercialize super-computing technology. It also

promises to "integrate cutting edge science with the latest Linux technology".

This doctor has a PhD in neurophysiology. He was one of those US-based

experts enthused to 'come back' to India in the 'nineties. He is convinced

that Linux is the way to go.

Projects of his include Linux parallel supercomputers (Beowulf clusters)

for high speed rendering, molecular modeling and weather modeling; ioinformatics

solutions; GIS servers; and even local Indian language 'killer applications'

(word processing, e-mail using GPLed tools -- the

iobox). To get to know more, visit peacocksys.com

Bangalore-based DeepRoot Linux offers its deepOfix range of office servers.

Their claim: it takes just 12 minutes to have a server set up, to handle

all office and network tasks "effortlessly" in an office.... Cast a "half-glance"

at its display panel, and know exactly what's happening to your critical

network resources.

This young firm -- made up of young people also offers EasyPush, a solution

-- that frees the application and interface developer from knowing "anything

about the system". Check out http://www.deeproot.co.in/

Mumbai-based S. Krishnan only recently came out with RPCAP, or the Remote

Packet CAPture System for Linux. It allows you to run a remote packet capture

session. Let's assume that you have a remote network, say in Delhi, and

while sitting in Hyderabad you need to monitor traffic on it, for whatever

reason. <http://rpcap.sourceforge.net

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To Arun Sharma (and a small initial team) goes the credit of being behind

Linux-India. "What started as a small mailing list on my school machine,

has grown to more than 1000 subscribers now."

Sharma has undertaken many free software projects and contributions.

Genie (web based genealogy application), Citybus (web-based, to make it easier

to find your way around bus-routes in Indian cities), Hindi Locale for FreeBSD,

KWireless, Ziplib, libwi, Knight (a KDE frontend for chess playing engines),

KLookup (a LDAP capable addressbook for KDE), KXMLViewer (a KDE based XML

viewer written in Python) KLogViewer (a KDE based viewer for viewing syslog