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ComputerWorld: Linux applications make leap to Unix

Aug 22, 2000, 21:33 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dominique Deckmyn, Jaikumar Vijayan)

"Hewlett-Packard Co. and IBM both pledged last week to support Linux applications on additional variants of Unix, so that Linux binaries could become an almost universal format for deploying applications. That will give users more applications to choose from - while sticking with their trusted, data-center-ready Unix environments."

"However, it could also spell danger for the very vendors that are offering the support, facilitating a wholesale migration away from their proprietary Unix versions toward Linux, observers said."

"HP pledged support for Linux binaries in the IA-64 version of HP-UX and IBM in Dynix/ptx. Earlier this month, IBM promised Linux support in the upcoming AIX 5L as well. Most Linux applications can also now be recompiled relatively easily to run on other processor architectures - including IBM's S/390 mainframes."

"It's the best of both worlds," said Mike Prince, vice president and CIO at Burlington Coat Factory Warehouse Corp. in Burlington, N.J."

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