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NY Times: I.B.M. Goes Countercultural With Linux

Mar 20, 2000, 16:27 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steve Lohr)

"A huge company with deep pockets, IBM can afford to dabble in promising technologies. And that is what the International Business Machines Corp. seemed to be doing throughout much of last year with Linux, an increasingly popular version of the Unix operating system that is available free on the Internet."

"IBM dispatched emissaries to speak with members of the Linux community, a worldwide network of programmers who develop and debug the code. IBM met with academics, consultants, economists and venture capitalists to plumb the Linux phenomenon. It made small investments in a couple of Linux start-ups, and offered Linux on one line of its computers."

"But last fall, Big Blue suddenly got serious about Linux."

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