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IT-Director: IBM Pushes The Linux Envelope Further

Jun 14, 2000, 02:16 (0 Talkback[s])

"Today, IBM is announcing that its popular laptop, the Thinkpad will be available with Linux. It is expecting for there to be a demand for a laptop Linux among scientist and some computer professionals."

"Irving Wladawsky-Berger, who was previously the head of IBM's e-commerce initiative, but is now head of IBM's Linux group believes Linux to be "the operating system of choice in a networked world". He believes that it is folly for other vendors to ignore Linux, or support it without enthusiasm. He said "once the Internet was there you could either embrace the Internet community or fight it. We see Linux as very similar to that."

"On this we agree with IBM's direction, although we think it is easier for the Armonk giant, with its large Global Services consultancy arm to support Linux directly than it is for Sun, Hewlett Packard and Compaq... it is worth noting that IBM was responsible in exactly the same way for the proliferation of Windows NT, claiming for many years to be harvesting more revenue from Windows NT than Microsoft itself was able to do. It will be no surprise if in a year or so's time IBM is making more revenues from Linux than the rest of the Linux market put together."

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