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osOpinion: Major Deals Move Linux Into Prime Time

Feb 02, 2001, 09:10 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Durham-Vichr)

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"A slew of partnerships and investments announced at the LinuxWorld Expo, which opened Wednesday in New York and runs through Friday, prove that Linux has not simply arrived -- it is now part of computing's mainstream...."

"IBM's announcement of a US$300 million investment in Linux fills a gap in what has until now been seen as a major obstacle to Linux's widespread commercial adoption: service and support. IBM's commitment comes in addition to a reported $1 billion investment by Big Blue in Linux-related projects...."

"IBM is not alone in aggressively courting Linux. Compaq Computer Corp. announced several new Open Source support offerings Wednesday at the Expo, including a marketing relationship with SteelEye Technology to provide Linux clustering on Compaq's ProLiant server and StorageWorks storage platforms; a new performance benchmark for the ultra-dense Compaq ProLiant DL320 server; and a portal for the Open Source community."

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