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Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Why I Believe Linux Will Fundamentally Change the IT Industry.

Apr 03, 2001, 15:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Irving Wladawsky-Berger)

"Linux is like the Internet itself- it's unowned, and unownable. Anyone can propose software changes, as long as those changes are returned to a loose-knit network of developers known as the Open Source community. It?s a highly selective, disciplined process that serves two purposes: It throws technical innovation into perpetual fast-forward; and it guarantees the world that Linux will always remain beyond the control of any single vendor."

"In my mind, then, Linux is a phenomenon that holds the potential to change the game along two important dimensions."

"1. It fulfills a big promise: all hardware, software and applications working together. Linux is a wonderful thing because it is the first operating system to run on any hardware platform. That means it can do for business applications what the Internet did for networking and communications - deliver on the promise of truly open, interoperable, any-to-any computing."

"In a world where a billion people using a trillion devices are all interconnected, can you imagine that software and hardware that hasn't even been invented yet will have to coexist? Of course! Linux will make that possible, and that's one reason it's going to grow a lot faster than any other operating system over the next several years. It's interesting to me that some people are surprised that IBM is embracing Linux, while other large technology companies are trying to act as though Linux weren't happening. This shouldn't be a surprise. Linux is bringing the game back into our zone, precisely because we saw the world moving to open standards and fundamentally reconfigured our products, our strategy and our culture toward open systems, common standards and collaborative business practices."

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