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InfoWorld: IBM Looks to SMB Sector for Linux Love

Aug 08, 2002, 20:30 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Ahead of the Linuxworld Conference and Expo, which begins Tuesday in San Francisco, IBM Corp. is seeding the field with a collection of announcements that illustrate its momentum behind the open-source operating system. The company detailed Thursday new customers that have chosen to use Linux with its hardware and software. Nine customers being highlighted bring IBM's tally of Linux followers to more than 4,600, the company said.

"What is notable about the latest batch of converts is that some come from the small and medium-sized business (SMB) sector, a segment known for typically using Windows servers to run basic business, productivity and accounting applications.

"Despite popular belief, 'Linux is being used quite heavily by small and medium-sized business,' said Scott Handy, director of Linux software solutions for IBM. 'We've been partnering with independent software vendors (ISVs) who call on the SMB market...'"

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