InfoWorld: IBM to pre-load servers with choice of Linux

“Customers of IBM’s Netfinity servers will now be able to buy
machines preloaded with the Linux operating system and will be able
to choose from three flavors of the ever-popular open-source

“Top Linux vendors Red Hat, Caldera Systems, and TurboLinux
separately announced Monday that IBM will either preinstall or
bundle their Linux versions on Netfinity servers. An IBM official
quoted in the written statements said that customers increasingly
want Linux as an OS option, and also noted its value for companies
doing business on the Internet.”

Monday’s announcements are part of a “continual stream”
related to IBM servers and Linux
, said Jay Bretzmann, IBM
manager of strategy for Netfinity in an interview. IBM had
announced plans to work with Caldera, and Monday’s news represents
the “next set of steps” in that partnership as well as in providing
Linux enthusiasts a broader range of options, Bretzmann said.”

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