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IBM.com: Transcript of Sam Palmisano remarks at LinuxWorld 2001

Feb 12, 2001, 16:31 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sam Palmisano)

[ Thanks to Henrik Carling for this link. ]

"I want you to know that IBM is incredibly excited about what Linux represents and what we think we can do with the community together. There's no doubt in our minds that Linux is certainly a disruptive technology that has the potential to change the game in information technology -- forever."

"Linux will do for software what the Internet did for networks. Linux is all about application connectivity. And this is why we say Linux is for real and Linux is ready for real business."

"...I spend much of my time talking and listening to a wide variety of customers from around the world. These customers are beyond the tire-kicking stage. Linux has clearly moved beyond the days of experimentation. It's crossing that all important chasm from that world of academia and scientific computing to a full fledged, powerful and increasingly robust operating system that plays a pivotal role in the commercial world of e-business systems. We're moving very, very rapidly and we believe that the year 2001 will be the year that Linux grows up in the enterprise."

"This world will require established standards. And this is where Linux comes into play. Like the Internet, Linux is a standard around which the IT world has come together and can collaborate to solve difficult problems."

"With the whole Open Source community and thousands and thousands of the best programmers in the world writing modular and elegant code -- Linux is already as near to a commonly accepted, open industry standard as you can get. IBM spends $5 billion a year on research and development. We can't match this and have an acceptable return for our shareholders. We put a billion dollars behind Linux across R&D, sales, services and support this year. That's nothing compared to what the community will be doing -- with the army of people -- in developing this system into the future."

"...IBM's decision to embrace Linux was based on a number of key factors including customer input, our own technical validation, the excitement we felt from our own development community, and the opportunity to establish standards that would make e-business really take off. Since we made this decision, we've enabled all of our server platforms, our storage platforms, our software, our middleware, everything around Linux. More and more it's becoming the reference platform for all of IBM development. It's not there yet, but it will be."

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