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VARBusiness: High-End Linux Investigations Continue At IBM Server Group

Feb 14, 2000, 17:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward F. Moltzen)

"IBM Corp. is demonstrating its prototype version of Linux to run on its mainframe S/390 systems, the latest in the company's efforts to bring open source to the enterprise. ... 'We downloaded from the Linux.org site regular Linux,' said Steve Carre, manager of S/390 marketing at IBM. 'We made some modifications to it or extensions to it,all Linux extensions.'

IBM is looking at the Linux market and weighing whether to offer the technology as a commercial product, Carre said. But the move is another sign of the IBM Server Group's new vigor toward the free Linux operating system, normally associated with smaller platforms."

"Initially it could be a boon for developers, but the solution also could have some leverage in high-end commercial accounts, said Frank Dzubeck, an industry consultant and president of Communications Network Architects Inc., Washington, D.C. ... 'I think it's a natural evolutionary trend to what IBM is doing with respect to Linux and with respect to their computing environments,' Dzubeck said."

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