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CNET News.com/Gartner: IBM hedges bets by offering Linux on all platforms

Jul 29, 2000, 16:04 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Phelps)

"Since 1999, IBM has made several announcements in support of Linux. IBM has done so because it wants to position itself as a leader, in case Linux takes off in a big way."

"Accordingly, IBM has adopted a strategy of offering Linux across all of its hardware platforms, including mainframes."

"To get Linux on its S/390 mainframe, IBM has also devised a pricing schedule that makes adopting the OS a financially palatable option. Under the plan, IBM charges $125,000 per processor in a G6 IBM S/390 server running Linux, less than what IBM would charge normally for an additional processor."

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