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LinuxWorld: Inside IBM's Linux Technology Center

Mar 08, 2001, 07:27 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Barr)

"If you have wondered what IBM is doing with its much-trumpeted $1-billion commitment to Linux, peek inside the Linux Technology Center for some answers...."

"This is not hype. This is not an ad on national TV proclaiming that Microsoft software "plays well with others." This is IBM the behemoth, the legacy megacorporation, the king of punched cards, and once the monarch of monopolies, making a positive contribution to the open source and free software community...."

"So what does the LTC actually do for Linux? Frye observed that in the open source community, everyone basically works on what they are interested in. LTC employees are not free to hack whatever Linux-related code they want, but the LTC works on aspects of Linux that are of interest to IBM."

"You can visit the LTC homepage to find out exactly what those aspects are. The LTC page has references and links to many different Linux-related projects. Frye cited scalability, serviceability, reliability, test, systems management, and journaling filesystems as being important to IBM. That list is long, but not all-inclusive."

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