"If there was any doubt, a series of IBM announcements at
LinuxWorld in San Jose last week proves that IBM is utterly
committed to extending Linux across its entire product line.
IBM is embracing Linux with a vengeance and, in the process,
tossing a challenge to that Redmond bad boy, Microsoft. As the
prospect of a Microsoft breakup looms closer, competition is
heating up the already bubbling Linux market."
"...IBM threw its lot in with the likes of Compaq,
Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems at LinuxWorld and announced
the creation of the Gnome foundation, which is cooking up a set of
Linux initiatives, including a unified desktop user interface and a
set of productivity applications, to compete as a free alternative
to Microsoft Office. The Gnome foundation is IBM's effort to take
Linux beyond the server market where it's been most successful and
generate greater Linux application support, which analysts say is
what the operating system needs to pose a true threat to
"By competing with Microsoft Office, Linux gains more mainstream
recognition. This is good for IBM, which has made a major
commitment to Linux. But there's no guarantee that Microsoft
doesn't want a slice of the Linux market as well, says Dan
Kusnetzky, IDC vice president of systems software research. If the
Microsoft antitrust case results in a breakup, he says, Microsoft
may set its sights on Linux."
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