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ZDNet: Linux: Do you believe IBM?

Feb 05, 2001, 19:34 (15 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

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"A couple of months back, I asked open-source backers if they were afraid of Linux becoming less of a grassroots initiative, and more one controlled by the big industry powers. After this week's LinuxWorld Conference and Expo in New York, which kicked off with keynotes from IBM and Intel, I'd like to ask again."

"But this time, I'd add an additional twist to my query. Are you open-source developers afraid of the growing influence that IBM, Intel, Hewlett Packard and other established companies are having over open source? And, secondly, do you believe the corporate powers' rhetoric, when it comes to the reasons that they love this alternative operating system that they don't own and can't stop?"

"IBM and Intel officials took great pains to explain why their respective corporations have become so bullish about Linux. ... I'd suggest one more: IBM and the other corporate powers are happy finally to have an alternative to Microsoft Windows. Don't underestimate the weight that the good, old ABM (anything but Microsoft) mentality plays in vendor and customer decisions."

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