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LinuxToday.com.au: Interview with IBM's Linux Business Strategist

Mar 12, 2001, 15:20 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by hawkeyes)

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"Q:Many of the things you have mentioned in your keynote speech as being strengths or benefits of running Linux, such as good compliance with industry standards, community involvement, a common application environment, and the ability to be deployed on many hardware platforms, are also strengths common to other open source operating systems such as the *BSD variants. Why did IBM choose Linux as it's open source platform?"

"A:We're working with the open source community - we're involved in a lot of open source software, but our customers are really demanding Linux over other open source products. The demand for Linux is coming from our customers. However, we have over 200 engineers worldwide working with the open source community, and they have been making contributions to FreeBSD and other projects."

"Q:I guess I wondered about that because Linux does have a very restrictive license - the General Public License - all modifications which IBM makes to the Linux source code must be re-released back into the community, whereas under the BSD license you wouldn't be obligated to release those changes back, which would be less restrictive for IBM. But if there is a demand is coming from the customers, obviously that is the way you have to go."

"A:The only danger with that model, is that you have several companies now who have the capability to make their own little modifications, and you almost start getting back into the old Unix model, where things become proprietary, and people don't have free access to it anymore, so that's the only danger. We really want to focus on addressing that problem."

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