"The head of IBM's Linux business has predicted
consolidation among distributors of the open source operating
system - and named the handful of players Big Blue is backing for
success in the forthcoming shake-out."
"Steve Solazzo, IBM's vice president of Linux strategy, said
that "the world doesn't need" the 150 plus Linux distribution firms
currently in business and he predicted massive consolidation
through mergers and acquisitions."
"Rather than working with every Linux distributor we prefer to
have four preferred worldwide partners, and work with a number of
firms that are strong in particular geographies," said Solazzo. "We
can't support all the marketplace."