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Upside: IBM is taking Linux -- and running [More on "Has IBM hijacked Linux?"]

Jan 20, 2001, 17:39 (4 Talkback[s])
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"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 best.

"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."

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