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Forbes.com: Free Software? Not For You, Baby

Jun 15, 2004, 21:00 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Daniel Lyons)

"How committed is IBM to the open-source movement? Officially, IBM is the world's loudest promoter of open-source software, spending millions to run Linux advertisements and fund an open-source development lab, and devoting hundreds of its own programmers to cranking out open-source code.

"So it is strange, rivals say, that in the field, IBM's sales reps are battling to keep some customers from moving to Linux and other open-source programs--especially customers currently using AIX, IBM's pricey Unix-based operating system. According to market research firm IDC, IBM in 2003 took in $180 million in revenue from AIX..."

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