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CNET News.com/Gartner: IBM's support is an important early step for Linux

Jun 12, 2000, 22:47 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by George Weiss)

"IBM sees an opportunity--as it did with Unix in the 1980s--whereby it can be a leader and a driving force of new applications in the evolving next-generation Internet ecosystem. IBM does not want to be perceived as sitting on its hands and letting other firms grab the initiative, as Sun Microsystems ended up doing with Unix."

"But the Linux movement is fraught with potential hazards if companies such as IBM act too hastily. For example, the lack of standards, frequent releases, and variety of Linux distributions on Intel and various RISC implementations will increase the complexity of support."

"In addition, the earlier investment craze over Linux has died out, and most Linux-only companies are struggling financially. Without financial props for companies specializing in Linux hardware and open-source software, asking Linux to take on a pervasive role in enterprise architectures is that much more risky."

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