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CNET News.com: IBM looks beyond servers with Linux plans

Jun 21, 2000, 11:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"It's been a year and a half since IBM welcomed Linux onto its computers and a few months since it announced Linux would spread across the entire server line. Now, IBM wants to have a place in the nascent movement to spread Linux to small electronic devices, the head of IBM's Linux efforts said."

"We have a whole suite of (software) that will run on tiny little things," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president of technology and strategy at IBM. But while companies such as Lineo, I-Logix, LynuxWorks and MontaVista work on bringing the core of Linux to these gadgets, IBM will focus on higher-level software such as components for Sun Microsystems' Java, IBM's DB2 database software or IBM's Websphere e-commerce software."

"...In the meantime, however, IBM shares the belief with Dell Computer, Compaq Computer, Hewlett-Packard and most Linux sellers that Linux is best for servers, the networked computers that run Web sites, send email and manage corporate inventory. IBM today announced one such deal, in which the Weather Channel's Weather.com site is replacing Sun servers with IBM Intel-based servers to send out Web pages."

"Sun servers, however, will remain in use in the back end of the Weather.com site, where computing demands are higher, he said."

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