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ZDNet UK: Gerstner's $5bn spending spree includes $1bn IBM investment in Linux next year

Dec 12, 2000, 21:05 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Key to addressing these areas is standards adherence, Gerstner said, and this is where Linux comes into play. IBM will invest $1bn in 2001 to step up its Linux work, he told attendees. He said IBM will spend some of this money on initiatives already in the works for the 1,500 IBM developers currently Linux-enabling IBM's products and helping customers move Linux into production."

"We're convinced Linux can do for business applications what the Internet did for enterprise applications," Gerstner said. In short, "delivering on any-to-any computing".

"Gerstner made no bones about the fact that IBM's decision to bet big on Linux also is an attempt to slow the growth of IBM competitors Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, and EMC, three companies which have distanced themselves from Linux. "Sun, Microsoft and EMC are running the last proprietary plays of this business," Gerstner quipped."

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