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ZDNet: Open Source: IBM's Deadly Weapon

Apr 09, 2002, 13:00 (42 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Berlind)

"Once a purveyor of closed and proprietary solutions, the company has recast itself as flag bearer of all things open and interoperable. Seeing the company's peace, love and penguin ads for Linux are indeed worthy of an eye-rubbing double take.

"IBM officials speak fondly of an attitude adjustment that has changed Big Blue into a much more customer-focused company. They describe an altruistic metamorphosis that benefits end users who will settle for nothing less than interoperability and support of open standards.

"But is there more to the picture than meets the eye? Are IBM's interoperability efforts and open source donations such as Eclipse and code for UDDI, SOAP, and Linux subtly serving something more strategic for Big Blue...?"

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