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Inter@ctive Week: IBM Sees Linux In Your Future

Apr 03, 2000, 16:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"While some see Linux as a low-priced alternative operating system for vendors to push out the bargain basement of their main product lines, computing giant IBM thinks Linux has the power to change the face of business. In fact, John Patrick, IBM vice president of Internet technology, goes so far as to call Linux a "disruptive" technology that will generate improved ways of conducting e-business, displacing older technology."

"IBM isn't the first to say so, but thus far, the idea that Linux will change the way companies do business online has been restricted to a handful of the most zealous Linux advocates and Internet start-ups. Now that IBM is saying it, Eric Raymond, president of the Open Source Initiative, says, "IT [information technology] managers will take notice.""

"Part of IBM's stance is that it is a good student of disruptive technologies. After all, it has been disrupted by a few itself."

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