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InfoWorld: IBM pumps up support for Linux app developers

Nov 24, 1999, 00:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ed Scannell)

"Seeing a steady increase in the development of server-based Linux applications, IBM is making yet another investment in the open-source operating system, announcing plans Tuesday to significantly expand its Solution Partnership Centers (SPC) where developers can customize and test their applications."

"Over the next few months, according to IBM officials, the company will increase the number of its SPCs from two to 14, to be spread over five different continents. These centers will offer developers free technical support as they port, test, and market their applications on all IBM platforms, particularly the company's PC-based Netfinity line of servers."

"What this [announcement] is about is making it easier for Linux applications to be available," said Tom Figgatt, Linux Global executive at IBM's Netfinity Servers, in Somers, N.Y. "This is all part of paving the roadway."

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