"Who could have predicted two years ago that as we reached the
millennium it would be IBM--and not Sun Microsystems--that was most
strongly pushing Java on Linux?"
"But it's true. Between the release of a popular Java Virtual
Machine (JVM) and the Jikes Project, which brings an
industrial-strength Java compiler to Linux, IBM has strongly
advanced the cause of Linux and open-source software on the
"We see the value proposition here in the development and
deployment of an open platform," he says."To do this, there
are a number of initiatives that are important but don't do it on
their own--XML is obviously important, as is Linux for servers and
Java for development. But you need to combine tools from these
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