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NetworkWorld: IBM pushes Linux harder than the rest

Nov 21, 2000, 20:15 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Phil Hochmuth)

"Shortly after its server rebranding announcement a few weeks ago, the company went one step further with Linux, announcing that TurboLinux would be available on all of the new eServer product lines. This means that users can now get Linux support on four different hardware architectures from IBM."

"What is entirely new here is the availability of TurboLinux on IBM's AS/400 midrange servers - a platform where no other Linux distribution has ventured. Some analysts have predicted a slow death for the AS/400, due in part to a declining base of IT professionals with AS/400 administration and programming skills. The availability of TurboLinux on this well-entrenched platform could breath new life into the AS/400. Midsized enterprises now have an alternative database server platform besides Unix or Windows NT to run supply-chain management or enterprise resource planning applications."

"No one was ever fired for buying IBM" is an old saying in the corporate computing ranks. With Big Blue and Linux now so closely intertwined, it seems the word "IBM" in that IT adage could soon substituted with "Linux."

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