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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])
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"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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