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Australian IT: IBM promotes Linux for the enterprise market

Feb 20, 2001, 23:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ellen Cresswell)

"IBM is hoping its billion-dollar commitment to the free operating system Linux will propel the platform into the enterprise spotlight and increase its hardware and services revenue. Big Blue's regional vice-president Kakutaro Kitashiro said last week it was hoping to "wrap" its services, middleware and servers around Linux applications from independent software vendors."

"We have made our middleware so it can run on top of Linux," he said. IBM would also spend $US200 million ($377 million) over the next four years to develop Linux applications as part of its $US1 billion commitment to the platform, he said."

"Linux is the new operating system that many companies are starting to use," Mr Kitashiro said. "It's not mature yet and there are only some applications for it. "Lots of ISVs think Linux has a huge potential for the future, particularly in the internet."

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