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InfoWorld: IBM making Linux, server play

Aug 11, 2000, 00:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)

"IBM will kick its Unix strategies into a higher gear beginning this fall as it delivers a beefed up version of its AIX operating system that includes full Linux support and continuing next year when the company rolls out a series of servers to be powered by the company's long-awaited Power 4 chip and featuring NUMA technologies."

"AIX 5L is sculpted to take advantage of IBM's upcoming Power 4 RISC processor as well as Intel's IA-64 chip. The 64-bit operating system will contain the full set of Linux APIs, making it easier for developers and corporate users to port Linux applications to AIX allowing Linux and AIX applications to exist side by side."

"Besides the convenience of having Linux and AIX applications working in closer harmony in the same environment, the time and expense required to create and deploy them will be reduced significantly."

"With the inclusion of Linux support, I think 5L gives our [AIX] developers access to some of the hotter Internet-based markets emerging like finance and petroleum exploration," said Dave Turek, vice president in charge of deep computing and Web servers at IBM's Enterprise Systems Group, in Poughkeepsie, N.Y."

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