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TechWeb: IBM's Wladawksy-Berger Speaks Out On Linux, Java

Jan 25, 2001, 21:38 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Barbara Darrow)

"Dr. Irving Wladawsky-Berger talked recently about Linux, Java, security, and other hot high-tech topics with TechWeb News editor Barbara Darrow. Dr. Wladawsky-Berger is vice president of Technology and Strategy for IBM Enterprise Systems."

"Q: Microsoft has spent so much money convincing people that Win 2000 is enterprise ready. But all we hear about is Linux. Has Windows lost its steam?

A: Windows has its place but Linux is definitely a huge story -- and a new story. I also talk to customers a lot about OS/390 and the next release of AIX, AIX 5L. That and Windows 2000 is more business as usual, the next releases of proprietary OSes."

"Q: Do you see Linux as a net loss to established Unixes?

A: We've come way beyond that ... We have an integrated Unix strategy based on Linux and AIX, and use Linux wherever Linux is appropriate and AIX wherever that is appropriate. ... With Linux 2.4, we'll be able to support four way really well and start pushing into eight way. ... Where Linux is really good is lots and lots of Internet applications, Web servers, distributed functions in the networks, service provider applications. ... Linux does really well in supercomputing because many of those applications scale by putting a switch in place and clustering. "

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