"If it succeeds, however, IBM could be in the catbird seat.
"They're approaching the market at every level, everything from
mainframes down to appliances," says Weiss. "They could by default
become the vendor of choice on all fronts."
"Daniel Frye, director of IBM's Linux Technology Center,
says Weiss' comments are "complimentary" but a premature at
"We still see the market as highly competitive with almost zero
barriers to entry," Fry say. "Yes, the Linux business environment
has altered, but we don't see any lack of opportunity. We think
we're going to have to compete fiercely. We don't think this is a
problem, although I wish it was."