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AS400 Network: Linux Sharks Circle Microsoft

Aug 22, 2000, 18:44 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joanna Moore)

"If there was any doubt, a series of IBM announcements at LinuxWorld in San Jose last week proves that IBM is utterly committed to extending Linux across its entire product line. IBM is embracing Linux with a vengeance and, in the process, tossing a challenge to that Redmond bad boy, Microsoft. As the prospect of a Microsoft breakup looms closer, competition is heating up the already bubbling Linux market."

"...IBM threw its lot in with the likes of Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems at LinuxWorld and announced the creation of the Gnome foundation, which is cooking up a set of Linux initiatives, including a unified desktop user interface and a set of productivity applications, to compete as a free alternative to Microsoft Office. The Gnome foundation is IBM's effort to take Linux beyond the server market where it's been most successful and generate greater Linux application support, which analysts say is what the operating system needs to pose a true threat to Microsoft."

"By competing with Microsoft Office, Linux gains more mainstream recognition. This is good for IBM, which has made a major commitment to Linux. But there's no guarantee that Microsoft doesn't want a slice of the Linux market as well, says Dan Kusnetzky, IDC vice president of systems software research. If the Microsoft antitrust case results in a breakup, he says, Microsoft may set its sights on Linux."

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