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ComputerWorld: Linux guru touts operating system for business use [Interview with Eric Raymod]

Mar 19, 2001, 13:31 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Q: Last year, IBM jumped onto the Linux bandwagon by announcing it would invest $1 billion in the operating system this year. Is this a fad or symbolic of a major buy-in by one of computing's biggest names?"

"A: I don't think open source adoption is a fad. IBM doesn't do fads. Corporate America responds to costs and economic reasons. The fundamental issue in the increased proliferation of Linux and open source software in business computing is the escalating cost of traditional closed software and its rising complexity and bugginess. The costs of bad software are rising in terms of lost business and hours spent by systems administrators chasing problems. So far, open source is the only real way to fix this because existing methods can be done only by a finite number of people working on it. In open source, there are still wide groups of people to add more heads to solve the problems."

"Q: Do you want to see Linux get a larger piece of the pie in the business computing world, being used by more companies in place of Windows on desktops? Does this matter to you?"

"A: The open source community doesn't directly care about corporate adoption of open source software, but indirectly, yes, we want to see that happen, because if you want to change the world, you need the cooperation of the people writing the checks."

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