InfoWorld: IBM redoubles its Linux development efforts

“With increasing pressure from many of its corporate users, IBM
will shift a good portion of its Internet-based software
development toward Linux, a move company officials hope will
significantly broaden its base of software developers and shore up
the sagging market share of some of its proprietary servers.”

“As part of this initiative, IBM will form a new unit, to be
part of its Enterprise Systems Group, and will shutter its Internet
Division. Irving Wladawsky-Berger, who headed the Internet Group,
will become the vice president of technology and strategy reporting
to Sam Palmisano, who heads IBM’s server group.”

Customers have been coming to us and asking us to help them
build a better Linux in concert with the [Linux] community. When
users commit to Linux for applications, they want a company like
IBM to be behind them so that Linux evolves into the future
Wladawsky-Berger said.”

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