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IBM Offers Russia An Open Source Helping Hand

IBM is offering free software and educational resources for developers in Russia, which has one of the fastest-growing developer populations in the world.
IBM is offering free software and educational resources for developers in Russia.

The move, announced Friday, is intended to help encourage the creation of new applications based on open standards and open source.

IBM middleware, WebSphere Application Server Community Edition and DB2 Universal Database Express-C will be available through free downloads. Plans for a developerWorks Russia also include tutorials, forums, emerging technologies and blogs.

Russia has one of the largest growing developer populations in the world. IDC estimates the country's developer population will grow by 40 percent from last year to 2008. The country has graduated more than 1.3 million university students with information technology related skills over the past seven years, according to IBM.

More than 5 million people are registered with developerWorks worldwide, according to IBM. Last year, about 500 developers in emerging market areas joined IBM's developer network each day.

The addition of Russia reflects Big Blue's plans to speed the development and adoption of open source and developer relationships in emerging markets. IBM has a research and development center in Moscow and works with more than 45 Russian universities.