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InfoWorld: IBM embraces Linux on the mainframe

May 17, 2000, 20:32 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dan Neel)

"Further extending an olive branch to the open-source community, IBM on Wednesday announced its formal support for the popular Linux operating system on its S/390 line of servers after what Big Blue officials called a groundswell of demand by users of the enterprise-level servers."

"After reporting more than 2,100 free downloads of the Linux kernel since it was made available for the S/390 last January, IBM will now step up its support for open-source S/390 Linux through its IBM Global Services and through freshly penned distribution deals with Linux providers SuSE Linux and TurboLinux."

"With Wednesday's announcement, two independent software vendors -- Computer Associates and BMC Software -- also committed their support to IBM's Linux push with plans to develop an array of software designed to run on the Linux-powered S/390 servers."

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