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Poughkeepsie Journal/Gannett: Linux teaches IBM how to share

Feb 13, 2001, 00:28 (1 Talkback[s])

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"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 that."

"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 light."

"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."

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