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EETimes: Linux [watch] project serves as IBM recruiting tool

Aug 25, 2000, 17:42 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Terry Costlow)

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"When IBM Corp.'s research group announced earlier this month that it had crafted a tiny version of Linux that fit into a prototype wristwatch, researchers weren't thinking only about products. They were also saying "look at me" -- waving a Big Blue flag in front of the scientific community in an effort to recruit hands for the company's open-software thrust."

"To some extent, we wanted something that would interest colleges and universities," said Alex Morrow, an IBM Fellow at IBM Research Pervasive Computing (Hawthorne, N.Y.). The tiniest version of Linux around seemed a likely candidate. Not only are academic researchers drawn to any technology that pushes the envelope, but colleges and universities are rife with Linux devotees who began using the open operating system because they could get it free."

"[IBM] Research does a lot of collaborations with colleges and universities," Morrow said. "We also wanted to show how far up and down the scale we can work with Linux. We're using standard Linux, which makes it easier for people to collaborate on pervasive devices."

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