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Introduction: The Open Source Digital Commons is Linux

Linux –and not just Linux on the server, but Linux on the desktop– is now a global phenomenon of massive proportions. Why is that? Of course, there are many reasons. In many countries, the lower cost of Linux coupled with the ability of the operating system to run well on older hardware are certainly key factors contributing to widespread adoption of this Open Source operating system. However another key reason is ... Unicode.

The open and free nature of Linux technologies is spurring a rapid global movement to make Linux fully accessible in numerous languages and emerging markets. Businesses and organizations who understand that Linux is becoming the backbone of a global Digital Commons stand poised to benefit from the freedoms, technical opportunities, and cost savings of this open source platform.

In this talk, I will discuss how Unicode is being implemented in key Linux technologies from "glibc" to "X". Although this is a technical talk, I intend to provide a broad survey that I hope will allow you to “see the forest for the trees”
and thus enable you –regardless of whether you are a developer, manager, or just a curious user– to make informed decisions about Linux internationalization technologies and globalization software.