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Wired: IBM's Big Linux Push in Europe

Jul 21, 2000, 20:18 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michelle Delio)

"IBM will invest more than $200 million to fund a series of new Linux initiatives across Europe and on the Internet. The plan centers on the company's new European Linux development centers located in Paris and Montpelier, France; Budapest, Hungary; England, and Germany."

"IBM plans to staff the centers with software and server support specialists as well as stocking them with Linux-ready hardware and software. The centers are intended to help European independent software vendors develop Linux-based applications and systems and to assist customers in making the transition to the Linux operating environment."

"The company will also launch a Linux community portal to help developers and vendors obtain the systems, software, and technical skills available at the European centers. ... "Part of our Linux strategy is to donate technology and resources to the community," said Daniel Frye, director of IBM's Linux Technology Center in Somers, N.Y. "Our virtual Linux Technology Center complements our physical efforts in Europe. We are excited to work with the community to develop more Linux applications while simultaneously helping Linux mature."

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