E-Commerce Times: IBM and Linux: A Test of Metal

“With all of the recent buzz about IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Linux, it
might seem as if a new version of the legendary Thomas J.
Watson-inspired Big Blue “rally song” had been released on MP3,
with the words “Penguin” and “Internet” added throughout.”

Yet, according to many industry analysts, there is a
significant development behind the hype. In a bid to shore up its
cut of the e-business enabler market, IBM has strengthened its
investment in Linux by adding support for the upstart OS to its
monster S/390 mainframe computers.

“Big Blue joined several other tech titans who are moving Linux
into the world of high-end computing and e-business by making
middleware available that would allow portability and integration
of applications and data on different systems. The company’s Global
Services unit is being tapped to provide the necessary


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