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SlashTCO: Are IBM backing the "winning horse" in the OS race?

Sep 21, 2000, 13:25 (8 Talkback[s])

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"How would you describe IBM? As a monolithic, slow moving, extremely stable company? Or as innovative leaders? Perhaps the first description is slightly unfair, but, on the other hand, the latter description isn't often used to describe them. Does the fact that IBM are putting so much support and development behind Linux indicate that they have studied the form and backed a winning horse in the shape of the Linux OS? Maybe they know something that others don't?"

"...it seems that, after testing the Linux water, IBM are convinced of the potential that the Linux OS has and are willing to wade a bit deeper into the Linux ocean. And who will question their judgement? There's an old saying in the computer industry: "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM kit". With that in mind, IBM could become the trusted source that can convert the sceptical IT management brigade into deploying the stable, budget-friendly Linux alternative."

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