"IBM, the standard-bearer of mainstream corporate computing,
plans to announce Monday that it is placing a big bet on Linux, a
symbol of software's counterculture, as the operating system of the
future for the Internet."
"The Linux campaign at the International Business Machines Corp.
will include substantial financial investment, an aggressive
marketing campaign and a reorganization. A high-profile IBM
executive, Irving Wladawsky-Berger, former general manager of the
Internet division, is being placed in charge of the company's
software development for Linux, a version of the Unix operating
system available free on the Internet...."
"In an interview, Palmisano called the Linux move "a
long-term play, not something that will have a financial impact on
the company in the next quarter or two."
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