IT-Director: Linux - the new OS/2Jun 14, 2000, 14:48 (9 Talkback[s])
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"For years IBM struggled in its attempts to establish its own OS/2 operating systems as a competitor to Microsoft Windows. ... Now the Linux white knight has come charging over the horizon and offers IBM a weapon with which to take on its old adversary once more."
"This is exactly what IBM appears to be doing. It has adopted Linux with a passion that can be matched by any other organisation. It is promoting Linux very positively in a way that businesses of all sizes can not ignore and it is implementing the operating system just about everywhere. Back in April 2000, John Patrick, IBM's VP of Internet Technology pointed out that Linux has the capability to be disruptive in that it challenges the accepted methods of building e-business solutions. It seems that IBM is keen to ensure that this disruption is made even more substantial by offering Linux on its full range of systems."
"IBM's view is that Linux offers businesses an opportunity to break away from all forms of operating system dependence. The aim is to establish Linux as a standard operating environment so that the focus can shift to applications with no portability issues. ... All of this makes a certain amount of sense, but it still too easy to see IBM's sudden zeal for Linux as a stick with which it intends to beat Microsoft."
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