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AsiaBizTech: IBM Japan Means Business With Linux Operating System

May 19, 2000, 03:33 (0 Talkback[s])

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"IBM Japan Ltd. said May 17 that it is including Linux as an official operating system for use with its S/390 mainframe computers and also it would offer user support for Linux operations. IBM Japan's move forms a part of U.S.-based IBM Corp.'s strategy to strengthen its Linux-related operations."

"Also, the company said it would set up a new unit, the Linux promotion department, specifically to handle Linux-related matters, as of June 1. It is planned to make Linux to play a bigger role in the organization. And it announced that by the end of the year it would increase the number of specialist Linux engineers from the current 150 to 300."

"IBM Japan says it now intends to recruit 600 new university and graduate-school graduates to start work in April 2001, rather than 500 earlier planned. The extra 100 recruits will all have had experience with Linux during their study years, so the company expects them to be knowledgeable on the Linux environment, Otoshi said."

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