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CRN: An Interview With John M. Thompson -- IBM

Mar 04, 2000, 16:56 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Edward F. Moltzen)

"IBM Corp.'s senior vice president and software chief spoke with CRN Senior Editor Edward F. Moltzen on a range of topics including the company's strategies for e-business and Linux."

"CRN: With the Linux announcement earlier this year, there were suggestions that IBM believes Linux is now the platform of the Internet. Is it, or is Windows the platform of the Internet?"

"Thompson: I debate that Windows has the market share of the Internet. They have a lot of volume in terms of counting servers. The real business of the Internet is done on a Unix-based system and even some mainframes where the real heavy work is performed."

"Linux is very big with ISPs and ASPs, and companies that are providing services on the Internet. We're starting to see it creep into commercial customer [accounts], but it's in the early stages. In some cases, it's being bootlegged into customers, in other cases as a development platform. ... I think [Linux is] going to be a viable commercial system. We've chosen to move all of our middleware to a Linux base. Notes, Domino, Websphere, MQ [Series],our entire line of middleware software has not only been ported to Linux but exploits Linux. You'll see us continuing to invest in it. ..."

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