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Wired: Mega-Corps Fawn Over Linux

Dec 17, 2000, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joanna Glasner)

"It's a job description that Perens shares with open-source supporters at several large U.S. technology firms, including, on the opposite coast, IBM (IBM ). Big Blue's unofficial evangelist is Linux guru Irving Wladawsky-Berger, who goes by the official title of vice president of technology and strategy."

"Similar, though smaller, efforts are underway in Texas, as Compaq (CPQ) and Dell (DELL ) move to up their profile in the Linux community. Witness Compaq's dedicated Linux website, which comes complete with a color photo of penguins frolicking on a distant beach. Dell's efforts include a partnership with Eazel, a Silicon Valley Linux startup, to develop desktop systems powered by the open-source platform."

"Increasingly, open-source evangelism efforts are becoming backed up with cash. A case in point this week was IBM. Chairman Lou Gerstner announced, at a New York investment conference, that the company will invest $1 billion in its worldwide Linux operations in 2001."

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