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TechRepublic: Can Linux cure IBM's server ills?

Oct 17, 2000, 19:29 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Kucharvy)

"So IBM can't catch a break. Although its e-business campaign did wonders for the company's services business (and certainly helped its hardware and software efforts as well), IBM now faces an even more difficult battle to capture developer mindshare."

"It must fight a more powerful Solaris, as well as NT, if it is to get applications developed specifically for IBM platforms. And even if it can persuade developers to do so, this will not address IBM's overarching desire for a common development environment that spans all IBM servers."

"Enter Linux, an operating system and development platform that could do even more for IBM than 100 percent pure Java was supposed to do, and do it more reliably...."

"So Linux could give IBM even more advantages than Java ever could have done. But to capitalize on this potential, IBM must position itself to win from Linux's success. The company is certainly trying to do so."

"It is speaking out at least as aggressively in favor of Linux as is any major systems vendor, has launched the most comprehensive Linux services program, is actively porting its middleware and applications to the OS, and is contributing software to the Linux community. IBM is now in the process of ensuring that Linux will run on, and fully integrate with, each of its server platforms...."

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