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PR Newswire: IBM Downplays Linux Desktops, Reports Sm@rtReseller

Jun 28, 1999, 16:03 (8 Talkback[s])

"While promising to support every major version of Linux, an IBM executive has downplayed the possibility of Linux becoming a true alternative to the Windows operating system, according to reporting in the June 28 issue of Sm@rtReseller. In an exclusive interview with the newsweekly for today's channel, IBM software general manager Steve Mills conceded, `We don't see it as a big client play. (Linux) does not have the usability features or the graphical-user characteristics of a desktop operating system.'"

"Mills indicated support for Caldera's OpenLinux, and its effort to offer near-binary compatibility between AIX and Linux. According to IBM, the binary work will permit developers to write a Linux app that requires only minor modifications to run on AIX, and vice versa. The work is slated to be completed in time for AIX's debut on Merced, Intel's forthcoming 64-bit chip."

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[ This is a press release, issued through PR Newswire and paid for by Sm@rt Reseller, a Ziff-Davis publication. -lt ed ]