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InternetWeek: IBM Hikes Commitment to Linux

Dec 14, 2000, 09:49 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mitch Wagner)

"Enterprises are likely to find Linux useful for bigger, more mission-critical applications next year due in part to a $1 billion infusion given the technology by IBM."

"The company plans to devote that amount to Linux development, marketing and consulting next year, up from the "several hundreds of millions of dollars" this year, said Steve Solazzo, vice president of Linux for IBM...."

"The investment will be aimed at several areas. The company will port Linux to all its server lines, including Intel-architecture servers, RISC servers, the AS/400 and mainframes. It will rewrite its applications to run on Linux and double the size of the 100-person team that writes open-source code and determines what IBM software and technology should be released to the open source community. It will increase investment in assisting independent software vendors to support Linux, add Linux-dedicated sales staff and service support through IBM Global Services."

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