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ZDNet UK: IBM Strengthens Linux Investment

Jul 15, 2003, 19:00 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"IBM has put more muscle behind its effort to improve Linux for its Power family of processors, adding dozens of programmers to Big Blue's Linux Technology Centre with plans to hire more.

"'We hadn't been doing enough to fully enable Linux' on Power processors, the chip line used in IBM's pSeries Unix servers and its iSeries of midrange servers, said Dan Frye, director of the Linux Technology Centre. 'Linux runs pretty well today on Power. We want to take it from pretty good to world class.'

"The number of programmers at IBM's Linux Technology Centre rose from about 250 to more than 300 as a result of the shift, Frye said. The new programmers at the centre had already been working on 'Linux on Power' elsewhere in the company, but IBM also will hire more developers for the task, Frye said..."

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