CNET News.com: IBM boosts Linux on servers

“IBM’s increasing fondness for Linux raises the prospect that
its vast services business could encroach on the turf of smaller
Linux companies.”

“Big Blue today beefed up its plans to embrace Linux on all four
of its server designs, improving how well Linux and IBM’s AIX
operating system work together and contributing more of IBM’s own
software to the collective Linux development effort.”

Despite IBM’s sensitivity toward Linux companies, the
company acknowledges it will compete with smaller players such as
Red Hat and Linuxcare, both of which want to make money by charging
for services such as installing, supporting, or tuning Linux