"The next generation of e-business will see customers
increasingly demand open standards for interoperability across
disparate platforms," said Samuel Palmisano, IBM senior vice
president. "Linux ... will play a pivotal role in this...."
"While it is widely believed that IBM's embrace of Linux will
help the open-source operating system gain increased credibility
among other major corporations, it is also clear that IBM is
banking on both Linux and the Open Source movement to help renew
interest in and purchase of its servers, which have faced stiff
competition in recent years, particularly from Sun Microsystems'
"As part of the campaign, IBM will "Linux-enable" all of its
hardware and will port applications and middleware to Linux as
well. IBM also says it will collaborate with the Linux Open Source
community to help develop IBM technologies."
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