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eWeek: Linux looms large at IBM

Dec 02, 2000, 21:04 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Peter Galli)

"IBM's big plans for Linux are getting bigger every day. While the Armonk, N.Y., company's initial goal was to enable Linux on the mainframe, it is now working to effectively cluster large-scale Linux configurations. The result should mean more scalable and reliable server and mainframe applications for such things as e-mail, Web hosting and enterprise resource planning."

"IBM has put Linux on a 512-node cluster under the LosLobos supercomputer project at the University of New Mexico's Albuquerque High Performance Computing Center, said Daniel Frye, director of IBM's Linux Technology Center in an exclusive interview with eWEEK following IBM's third annual Linux summit this week in Austin, Texas."

"Initiatives that allow [Linux] to effectively host 100 million mailboxes and run huge backbones for mail systems are exciting for us," said Greg Olson, co-founder and chairman of Sendmail Inc., in Emeryville, Calif. Sendmail uses an IBM Linux mainframe for development and runs a host of Linux servers."

"At the summit, we were able to bring people from across all areas of our company -- from the S/390 mainframes all the way down to the ThinkPad -- and they're all talking about the same operating system," he said. "This spans everybody in IBM and is unlike anything we've ever done."

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