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Ch@nnelWeb: Channel Chatter: Readers Question IBM's Big Bet on Linux

Dec 13, 2000, 16:48 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Bochner)

"Reader talkbacks were somewhat cynical in response to IBM Chairman Lou Gerstner's declaration that his company is investing $1 billion in Linux."

"Gerstner delivered his remarks during a keynote speech at the eBusiness Expo today in New York. He said the company's investment was part of a "bet" that Linux could overtake Microsoft's Windows NT in 2004. In the speech, Gerstner said the open-source operating system is growing at twice the rate of Windows NT. "Some estimate it will become more prevalent than NT by 2004," he said."

"Readers were skeptical about whether IBM's bet on Linux will pay off. "IBM could invest $1 trillion in Linux, and it's not gonna overtake Windows NT by 2004. Or 2005. Or anytime. I'm penguined out," wrote reader Anonymous."

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