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Upside: IBM: World's fastest Linux company

May 31, 2000, 18:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Williams)

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"When a copied version of the project's early results reached Rohrbach's inbox, Rohrbach says he was immediately intrigued. He decided to follow up on the request and see if the project held any promise. To say the rest is history might be overstating things a bit, but the recent announcement that IBM was releasing an official S/390 version of Linux shows how quickly a 100,000-employee company can move when the markets and technology communities are in perfect alignment."

"In the success-has-many-fathers world of corporate management, it isn't too difficult to find Linux-backers within IBM nowadays. Still, talk to most of them and you're likely to hear the similar analogies. In a company whose internal bureaucracy once evoked shades of Kafka, the level of "pushback" in relation to Linux, and open source software in general, has been surprisingly minimal."

"It's been a fun experience," says Daniel Frye, program director for IBM's Linux Technology Center. "The executives were an easy sell. Their only question was, 'How quickly could we become a market leader.'"

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