"IBM is picking it will be 12 to 18 months before momentum
builds for widespread deployment of Linux on the desktop.
"That's the guess of Big Blue's head of Linux strategy and
market development, Karen Smith, in an interview with Computerworld
at IBM's Developerworks Live! conference in San Francisco a
fortnight ago. The focus of the event, which rolled together IBM's
Solutions, Websphere and Lotus DevCon developer conferences, was on
Linux, Java, open standards and integration.
"Given Smith's pick of when Linux might begin to become
mainstream, a Notes client for the open source OS is not imminent.
IBM's Linux focus continues to be on servers, where Smith says the
bulk of revenue returning from the company's much-vaunted $US1
billion Linux investment is coming from. She gives an unqualified
yes to the question of whether IBM remains committed to its Linux