"IBM Corp. is demonstrating its prototype version of Linux
to run on its mainframe S/390 systems, the latest in the
company's efforts to bring open source to the enterprise. ... 'We
downloaded from the Linux.org site regular Linux,' said Steve
Carre, manager of S/390 marketing at IBM. 'We made some
modifications to it or extensions to it,all Linux extensions.'
IBM is looking at the Linux market and weighing whether to offer
the technology as a commercial product, Carre said. But the move is
another sign of the IBM Server Group's new vigor toward
the free Linux operating system, normally associated with
"Initially it could be a boon for developers, but the solution
also could have some leverage in high-end commercial accounts, said
Frank Dzubeck, an industry consultant and president of
Communications Network Architects Inc., Washington, D.C. ... 'I
think it's a natural evolutionary trend to what IBM is doing with
respect to Linux and with respect to their computing environments,'
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