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The LXer Interview: Bob Sutor of IBM

Aug 21, 2007, 10:30 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Scott Ruecker)

[ Thanks to Scott Ruecker for this link. ]

"What was it that made IBM embrace Linux while so many other large computer companies shunned it?

"There were several factors. IBM is a large computer company and so you can look at any strategy through a software, hardware, or services lens. On a really good day you can even look through all three! All by itself, IBM has multiple hardware lines and having a single operating system that spans all of them makes certain things easier. Any given customer problem can be solved and the solution optimized by choosing the right hardware, the right OS, the right middleware, the right applications, and the right services to tie them all together, if necessary. Linux increases the options that our customers and we have, not decreases them. Note that this "one thing that spans several platforms" strategy is used in various ways by IBM such as with Eclipse, Java, XML, ODF, web services, and SOA. It helps make interoperability a tool rather than a marketing buzzword..."

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