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Cyber India Online: Will IBM Click In Its Linux Drive?

May 16, 2003, 02:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Fakir Balaji)

"He came, he saw, but did he conquer? The hush-hush visit of IBM chairman Samuel J Palmisano (51) to India for the first time last week stirred a hornet's nest and made the IT industry wonder about the Big Blue's game plan in the sub-continent.

"Coming as it does in the wake of similar visits by the likes of Microsoft's Bill Gates, Dell Inc's Michael Dell, and Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy to India during the last six months, Palmisano's three-day trip to Bangalore and Delhi turned out to be more intriguing as his itinerary was kept under wraps and the final outcome shrouded in mystery.

"However, hard officials of the IBM's Indian subsidiary tried to keep Palmisano's schedule out of media glare. His business like interactions with Indian ministers, officials, corporate honchos and partners gave away IBM plans to promote the open source platform (read Linux), as it has become the new mantra for its emerging e-business..."

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