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ZDNet UK: IBM builds Linux links

Jan 22, 2001, 22:46 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Roger Howorth, Peter Galli)

"IBM's strategy to combine the best features from Linux and Unix took a major step forward recently after the company released a toolbox for its AIX Unix operating system that allows developers to recompile Linux applications to run on AIX."

"The toolbox, which can be downloaded from the address below, contains a range of open-source and GNU software and applications, including recompiled versions of the Gnome and KDE desktop environments; system utilities such as emacs, Samba and zip; libraries and shells; and application development tools such as g++ and Autoconf."

"Tilak Agerwala, vice president for AIX at IBM, said the company is enabling Linux across all its server product lines. "We are using the toolbox to unleash the capabilities to run Linux applications on AIX," he said. "The toolbox is an important milestone in this, as it allows developers to use the already familiar Linux development tools and environment to recompile applications and, once they've gone through this, the applications basically run like a native AIX application. This gives our customers the benefits of AIX while using a familiar Linux environment."

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