New York Times: I.B.M. to Offer Linux With Netfinity Computers

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“In perhaps the most significant endorsement yet of the little
operating system that could, the International Business Machines
Corporation will announce Thursday that beginning next month it
will ship its Netfinity line of network server computers with the
free operating system Linux pre-installed alongside Microsoft’s
Windows NT.”

“But despite its power and stability, Linux has not gained wide
acceptance because corporations have had nowhere to turn for
support; it was designed and built by a loose international
coalition of programmers who freely share its source code and
collaborate on its development. Thus, there is no company that can
be held responsible for the product.”

“I.B.M. will address that drawback”

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