LinuxWorld: Inside IBM's Linux Technology Center
Mar 08, 2001, 07:27 (10 Talkback[s])
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"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."