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IT-Director: IBM's operating system quandary, and the Linux solution

Mar 31, 2000, 14:08 (3 Talkback[s])

"... while we no longer buy a computer for its operating system, the operating system does represent an important part of the decision process. For IBM, choosing the best candidate to target for its single solution becomes a critical decision."

"So it comes as a revelation when John Patrick - IBM's Vice President of Internet Technology - describes Linux as "Ultimately the most scaleable platform for eBusiness". IBM has already elevated Linux to the role of Supercomputer OS..."

"Patrick's view of Linux is not confined to high-end servers. He anticipates its use in a variety of form factors from supercomputers down to telephones and PDAs. In the case of the smaller devices the operating system will be embedded with no direct user access to the OS layer. IBM, he says, will continue to contribute to the evolution of Linux through the work of its research labs."

"All of this suggests that Linux will play an increasingly important role in IBM, eventually displacing some or all of IBM's proprietary operating systems..."

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