IBM pushes game as learning tool for Linux admins

Taking its cue from purveyors of educational games for children, IBM Corp. is making games for IT pros. More than 215,000 copies of IBM AlphaWorks' first game, Robocode, have been downloaded. In this code-writing tutorial, players build robots to compete in a game. AlphaWorks' second game release, CodeRally, gives Linux developers and administrators a fun way to master Java tools. Marc Goubert, manager of IBM's AlphaWorks program, is responsible for bringing to market new implementations of emerging technologies. "Linux is an emerging trend in technology, so we provide a lot of basic components for Linux users, developers and architects," he said. In fact, he said, more than 30,000 developers are currently building Linux-based applications for IBM software. In this interview, Goubert explains how developers and system administrators can learn from CodeRally and extend the functionality of their Linux systems.

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