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The Register: Big Blue eclipsed by small companies at LinuxWorld Expo

Feb 01, 2001, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrew Orlowski)

"We're not sure if IDG has eased the gate pressure, or simply made the floor tax more equitable; but expansive stands from the likes of Zelerate, Blue Cat, Zimian easily outnumbered the traditional corporate big spenders. And it's only three years since we spent an afternoon with Maddog in a corner of CeBIT hall smaller than a Jacob Javitz bathroom. And that was the entire Linux stand."

"Naturally, the big hitters were there, and all had something to announce. Even if it wasn't very much. Take IBM for example. So enormous is Big Blue, and so extensive its product catalogue, that it can an afford to release an enormous amount of hot air in the form of Linux announcements at regular intervals, without any noticable depreciation in body mass."

"Today it said it had Linux up and running on its Sequent ccNUMA boxes, now renamed eServer x430, scaling up to 64 nodes. It's already got Linux either natively or in virtual machine mode on AS/400 and S/390(ZzzzSeries), and IBM pointed to Deutsche Telekom subsidiary TSystems hosting email services on large multiple Linux VMs. There was plenty more largely inconsequential updates to Tivoli and Notes, NetFinity and NetStation thin clients."

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