"In business, as in football, Monopoly and life, there are
rules. Even the computer business -- known for its casual
standards in grooming, apparel and working hours -- has long
abided by the No. 1 rule: Don't share your secrets with the
competition. But IBM, which helped write the rules, is doing just
"When IBM embraced Linux, it violated all the rules that had
won it supremacy in the industry. "IBM went from being the
most proprietary of companies to the biggest champion of this new
approach in information technology," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger,
IBM's vice president of technology and strategy. "We saw the
"Because open-source code is shared among a community of
programmers around the world, there are thousands of people
tackling its defects. ... "Everybody collaborates on moving it
forward, including companies that would otherwise compete with each
other," Wladawsky-Berger said."
"Industry analysts say IBM is Linux's undisputed corporate
champion. "IBM has shown a stronger commitment to Linux publicly
than any of the other system vendors," said Dan Kusnetzky, vice
president of system software research at International Data Corp.
of Framingham, Mass. "Because Linux is exciting to people, IBM
shines with reflected light all across its product line."