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CNET News.com: IBM adds Linux to database software

Jul 31, 1999, 01:59 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"The release of the Linux version of one of Big Blue's most prestigious software products is an indication of the gradually increasing respect given to the upstart Unix clone. Though it's more popular among programmers and in small-scale servers, Linux developers have aspirations that their operating system will be used widely in heavy-duty servers as well."

"IBM is folding Linux support into its servers based on Intel and PowerPC chips and also is supporting the OS within its high-profile services group. While it's a relatively incremental addition to its huge array of products and services, it's significant philosophically because of the credibility of the IBM name."

"The DB2 software's price is based on the number of processors the program uses... IBM formerly also based the price on how many people used the database software, but the company dropped that pricing scheme because it was too complex and because the arrival of the Internet means thousands or millions of people might need to access a database."

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