"And the battles are bloody. One thing is clear: IBM is
going after Sun with everything it has."
"Still, that's only a piece of the massive frontal assault
being mounted against Sun by Big Blue. IBM is in the process of
Linux-enabling all of its hardware platforms -- Netfinity,
AS/400, RS/6000 and S/390 servers -- so all of them can run the
same applications. In recent weeks, it also took the covers off an
incubator program its running with Epoch Systems to provide
startups with Netfinity servers at no charge for the first six
"Madison Cloutier, the vice president of Tower Technology, said
he wonders what IBM ultimately will gain from its investment in
Java. Tower's e-Performance Java consulting business is booming,
but the top platforms are Linux, Solaris and HP-UX."
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