"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
"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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