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CNET News.com: IBM's Palmisano sets sights on business customers

Dec 14, 2000, 20:19 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"IBM's president and chief operating officer--and heir apparent to CEO Lou Gerstner--hopes to make 2001 the year of Big Blue. But he must tackle a few logistical problems first, sorting out supply issues that kept IBM from meeting demand for notebooks, servers and mainframes during the second half of 2000...."

"He is also one of IBM's biggest Linux advocates, placing the alternative flavor of the Unix operating system near the center of a broad plan to catch the second wave of technological revolution. The Internet, being the first wave, is giving way to Linux, and both share similar characteristics, he said...."

"You are very bullish on Linux. How important is the Unix variant for IBM as you look ahead to 2001?"

"The original thinking has been more confirmed when you think about where we were coming from. We always felt when we saw the adoption rate of Linux and the number of students coming out of schools trained with skills, this reminded us of the Internet four or five years ago."

"We could see there was going to be an environment much like the Internet, where from an application perspective these--what I call open standards, to keep it simple--were going to evolve so people could write applications in a very open way. Much like they were doing with the Internet that could move quite quickly into the corporate space."

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