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CNET News.com: IBM to spend $1 billion on Linux in 2001

Dec 12, 2000, 20:50 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Wilcox)

"IBM chief executive Louis Gerstner said Tuesday that his company will spend $1 billion on Linux next year."

"Gerstner made the announcement at the eBusiness Conference and Expo in New York, where IBM also revealed a Linux supercomputer win with Shell Oil."

"The Linux investment underscores IBM's increasing commitment to the operating system, across all product lines: PCs, portables, servers and mainframes."

"IBM is making the commitment, Gerstner said, because it "is convinced that Linux can do for business applications what the Internet did for networking and communications"--make computing easier and free from proprietary operating systems."

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