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Australian Industry Standard: When Linux grows up, IBM glad to boot AIX

Aug 16, 2001, 14:43 (54 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ashlee Vance)
"IBM Corp. continued its vocal support of the Linux operating system Tuesday, saying the company will gladly drop its version of Unix from servers and replace it with Linux if the software matures so that it can handle the most demanding tasks.

Executives speaking here at the company's developer conference outlined reasons for the company's Linux support, pointing to features in the operating system that could push it past Unix for back-end computing. While they admit that Linux still has a way to go before it can compete with the functions available on many flavors of Unix, IBM officials said that Linux could prove more cost effective and be a more user-friendly way to manage servers.

"We are happy and comfortable with the idea that Linux can become the successor not just for AIX but for all Unix operating systems," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive of the IBM Software Group, during a news conference."

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