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Fujitsu Gets, Gives Value to Linux

Jan 07, 2010, 23:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

"If asked to name significant Linux organizations, Fujitsu Ltd. might not be a company that comes immediately to mind. But to underestimate the value Fujitsu brings to the Linux ecosystem would be erroneous: the world's fourth-largest IT services provider and Japan's top IT company has a big stake in Linux, and some big-name Linux customers.

"Just how big? Currently, Fujitsu is the number-two server vendor contributor to Linux kernel development, behind IBM. Their Linux deployments include the replacement of existing mainframes at the Japan Ministry of Justice and the Tokyo Stock Exchange--systems that are recognized as being among the strongest Linux deployments in the world in terms of size and reliability.

"So how did Fujitsu, a company with a strong history selling mainframes with proprietary operating systems, become such a leader in the Linux ecosystem? Like many other vendors, it was the customer who guided the way."

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