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InfoWorld: IBM slowly opens up

Aug 21, 2000, 07:05 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Sullivan, Ed Scannell, Michael Vizard)

"As part of its crusade to marginalize operating systems such as Windows, IBM is leaning toward giving the Standard Edition of its WebSphere application server to the open-source community."

"As an extension to the Apache Web server technology, IBM hopes WebSphere will be one of the final pieces it needs to make sure all OS-level middleware services are available as open-source technologies."

"Once we get the WebSphere run-time engine embedded in a wide variety of applications, this is the next logical step," said Valerie Olague, Somers, N.Y.-based director of product marketing for business transformation at IBM."

"For IBM, the key issue driving this move is to prevent Microsoft, Sun, or any other vendor from using a core technology to dominate the industry. This point was reinforced in the most recent edition of the IBM annual report, in which company CEO and Chairman Lou Gerstner said that eliminating technology choke points is a key goal for the company."

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