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InfoWorld: Linux entices IBM, Oracle

Aug 29, 2000, 19:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by P.J. Connolly, Kevin Railsback)

"The growing acceptance of Linux as an enterprise OS has captured the attention of consumers and market giants alike. Until recently, Linux was seen primarily as a developer's tool. Now it's increasingly common to see it doing heavy lifting alongside OSes from industry leaders such as Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Sun. In reaction to this trend, both Oracle and IBM have decided to embrace the platform and get in on the Linux action. This could mean big things for the OS: Support from two such influential companies surely will make Linux a more tangible and widespread option for businesses."

"IBM is in the process of rolling out Linux support across all its servers and software platforms. In fact, some IBM systems, such as System/390 and Netfinity, already run Linux like a charm."

"And if there's one thing for which IBM is known, it's service, even for systems outside its own ward. IBM not only provides all the frontline support for its own hardware but also for systems running on Windows NT and Windows 2000. Businesses can count on similar around-the-clock support for the company's Linux-based products without worrying that the vendor will pass the buck to the Linux distribution company or, even worse, to some open-source developer in Kuwait."

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