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AsiaBizTech: 2001 is the First Year of Linux Clients, IBM Japan Executive Says

Feb 09, 2001, 15:17 (0 Talkback[s])

"IBM Japan Ltd... will launch notebook PCs equipped with Linux through a Linux distributor in March. "There is a need for Linux on notebook PCs among users in universities and research institutes. I will make 2001 the first year of Linux for clients," said Kazufu Hotta, managing director of IBM Japan."

"Turbolinux Japan KK, a major distributor of Linux, will be in charge of selling Linux notebook PCs from March. The sales will be arranged on the Web site of Turbolinux Japan on the "ThinkPad i Series 1620," which is a B5-sized notebook PC from IBM."

"The PC is also loaded with the office suite for Linux, "Applixware Office for Linux5.0" and test versions of various Linux applications provided by IBM. About 600 new employees will join IBM Japan in April 2001 to handle the product."

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