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RedHerring.com: IBM strategy exec loves Linux

May 03, 2000, 11:08 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Davey)

"Irving Wiadawsky-Berger has a near evangelistic take on Linux, which normally wouldn't be unusual, considering the growing popularity of the free, operating-system software. However, Mr. Wiadawsky-Berger is technology and strategy vice president in IBM (NYSE: IBM)'s enterprise systems group."

"He believes the Linux operating system, currently popular for running Web servers, will widely be adopted over the next few years to run other types of servers and a variety of gizmos and appliances."

"That view sounds odd coming from the mouth of a high-ranking official in IBM's high-end computing division. The enterprise systems group has long profited from selling a variety of proprietary hardware and operating systems."

"'Linux is designed by the most brilliant people in the world and it can run on anybody's platform,' he says, sounding unlike a representative of a company that has been promoting obscure operating systems such as the AIX version of Unix and OS 390. He says the market for new sales of Linux hardware, applications, and services will make up for any revenue shortfall as customers turn away from these operating systems."

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