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LinuxMall.com: Tearing Down the Wall with Linux, IBM

Jun 22, 2000, 19:52 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Greta Durr)

[ Thanks to Greta Durr/LinuxMall.com for this link. ]

"All in all, IBM is reinforcing the notion that it's not just another brick in Linux's wall."

"Big Blue and Caldera Systems have announced that OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4 will be pre-loaded on select models of IBM's ThinkPad A series and T series notebooks. For IBM, the move represents another brick in the path to widespread adoption of its hardware with a distinctive software alternative. IBM also has worked with SuSE, Red Hat and TurboLinux to adorn its hardware with Linux power and flexibility...."

"According to Gartner Group Analyst George Weiss, support from IBM is an important step toward Linux adoption. "IBM sees an opportunity--as it did with UNIX in the 1980s--whereby it can be a leader and a driving force of new applications in the evolving next-generation Internet ecosystem," he wrote in a recent CNET commentary. "IBM does not want to be perceived as sitting on its hands and letting other firms grab the initiative, as Sun Microsystems ended up doing with UNIX."

"Weiss went on to discuss the current enterprise climate for Linux. "Accordingly, enterprises must be cautious about which vendors and products they bet on. Failures among Linux companies could have strong ramifications and may put the onus on IBM and other system sellers to contribute technically and financially to the well-being of the Linux community."

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