"... while we no longer buy a computer for its operating system,
the operating system does represent an important part of the
decision process. For IBM, choosing the best candidate to target
for its single solution becomes a critical decision."
"So it comes as a revelation when John Patrick - IBM's Vice
President of Internet Technology - describes Linux as "Ultimately
the most scaleable platform for eBusiness". IBM has already
elevated Linux to the role of Supercomputer OS..."
"Patrick's view of Linux is not confined to high-end servers. He
anticipates its use in a variety of form factors from
supercomputers down to telephones and PDAs. In the case of the
smaller devices the operating system will be embedded with no
direct user access to the OS layer. IBM, he says, will continue to
contribute to the evolution of Linux through the work of its
"All of this suggests that Linux will play an increasingly
important role in IBM, eventually displacing some or all of IBM's
proprietary operating systems..."
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