IBM is giving away software and curriculum to schools worldwide at no charge as part of a new initiative aimed at teaching computer-science students about open-source software and better preparing them for 21st-century jobs.

"Finding qualified [open-source software developers] is a growing problem among businesses around the world," said Buell Duncan, general manager for IBM's Independent Software Vendor (IVS) and developer relations.

Businesses today, he said, are trying to better leverage their IT investments by turning to affordable, open-source platforms such as Sun Microsystem's Java, Linux, and Eclipse, an

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