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FairfaxIT: Big Blue doffs to Red Hat

Jun 11, 1999, 23:46 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nathan Cochrane)

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"ONCE the world's biggest proprietary IT vendor, IBM has travelled down the open source path with three new initiatives."

"'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 Linux.'"

"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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