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NY Times/Reuters: IBM Says Linux Is Ready for Prime - Time

Feb 05, 2001, 15:01 (3 Talkback[s])

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"IBM, the most traditional of technology companies, is betting that the decidedly non-traditional Linux software system can give it an edge in the market for computers that carry out the most mainstream and strenuous business workloads. "Linux is ready for real business." International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) President and Chief Operating Officer Sam Palmisano said during a speech at LinuxWorld Expo..."

"The world's largest computer maker has embraced the alternative operating system, which was developed by legions of programmers in a grass-roots movement, as part of a long-term strategy to turn the tables on its rival Sun Microsystems Inc. "We believe in the first-mover advantage," Palmisano told Reuters on Wednesday. "It's been proven in our industry that you get ahead of the trends and not behind them."

"You can view IBM as a reformed alcoholic here," he added, referring to IBM having been behind on a distributed, networked computing model known as client-server that undercut the centralized computing of mainframe computers. "We were behind on client-server, we weren't behind on the Internet, we're not behind on Linux," Palmisano said."

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