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E-Commerce Times: IBM and Linux: A Test of Metal

May 22, 2000, 15:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew W. Beale)

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"With all of the recent buzz about IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Linux, it might seem as if a new version of the legendary Thomas J. Watson-inspired Big Blue "rally song" had been released on MP3, with the words "Penguin" and "Internet" added throughout."

"Yet, according to many industry analysts, there is a significant development behind the hype. In a bid to shore up its cut of the e-business enabler market, IBM has strengthened its investment in Linux by adding support for the upstart OS to its monster S/390 mainframe computers."

"Big Blue joined several other tech titans who are moving Linux into the world of high-end computing and e-business by making middleware available that would allow portability and integration of applications and data on different systems. The company's Global Services unit is being tapped to provide the necessary support."

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