MSNBC: IBM prepares own version of Linux

“Looking to push Linux further into the enterprise, IBM next
month plans to announce a far-reaching strategy that includes
bundling the operating system on PCs and developing its own version
of Linux for its RS/6000 servers.”

“IBM also will lead a new trend by announcing support for more
than just one commercial Linux vendor. IBM plans to announce
licensing deals with several top Linux distributors, including Red
Hat Software Inc., Pacific HiTech Inc., Caldera Systems Inc. and

“And for the RS/6000 version, at least, IBM will not only
support other vendors’ Linux offerings but will also develop its
own version of the operating system specially configured to run on
the PowerPC chip, according to sources close to the Armonk, N.Y.,


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