"ONCE the world's biggest proprietary IT vendor, IBM has
travelled down the open source path with three new
"'Linux is very important to us as we evolve an e-business
strategy,' a Netfinity spokesman said."
"'The reason why we're running Linux is because people are
asking for it. We did some work with our customers last year and
found they were anxious to have providers able to deploy commercial
grade applications ... and mission critical operations ... on
"We did a study of our customers in North America and found 90
per cent were running three or more operating systems. In Europe,
IDC did a study for us and found 80 per cent were, and we expect
the same to be true in the Asia-Pacific."
"According to Figgatt, part of this "normalisation" of Linux
includes 90-day server startup support, the same as that offered
for Windows NT; certifying Linux on Netfinity 5000 and 7000 series
servers; and offering Applixware."
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