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Enterprise Linux Today: Economies of Scale: IBM And Sun Vie for the Glass House

Mar 16, 2001, 08:37 (97 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Courtney)

"Of course, Sun's servers don't run Linux and IBM's do. IBM supports Linux because of its adherence to open standards and its portability across their widely divergent hardware platforms. Sun, which enjoys a tighter level of binary compatibility across different platform levels, sees Linux as an operating system that is not yet as robust as Solaris. Kruell refers to the S/390 port of Linux as being in an "early experimental stage." IBM, he says, wants to use Linux as "a means of stringing customers along with the hope of a new operating system that will revive a dying platform, thus preventing customers from migrating their strategically important applications off of the proprietary mainframe and onto more open UNIX systems."

"At this point," he adds, "enterprise-class Linux is not ready for the data center, and it will be several years, at best, until this changes."

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