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Computerworld.NZ: IBM: 18 Months Until Linux Break-through

May 21, 2002, 14:30 (36 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mark Evans)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"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 outlay..."

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