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SRO: IBM Cranks Up Open-Source Bid

Sep 28, 1999, 18:30 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

"IBM, already a prominent Linux backer, has taken the next step and is pumping up its open-source initiatives. Indeed, Big Blue plans to offer some of its own technologies to developers under an open-source umbrella."

"IBM would not provide details on its plans, although a spokesman acknowledges an open-source Web site will be ready "soon." But the company did say its plan is an outgrowth of alphaWorks, an IBM Web site that has offered free technology previews to developers since 1996."

"With open source, why is alphaWorks relevant?" Wolpert asks. "If it's open source, it's a product. So when technologies graduate, we'll put them onto a true open-source site, like Apache's. This is a new thing for IBM, and it took a lot of corporate courage. There were legal issues we had to resolve."

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