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IT-Analysis: IBM backs Linux Everywhere; May be Most Critical Development Yet for Linux

Oct 10, 2000, 13:38 (4 Talkback[s])
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"...this year IBM seems determined to dislodge its rivals from their by now incumbent positions. And with that in mind IBM has gone absolutely Linux-tastic. Every server that comes out of the big blue doors over at the big blue HQ are coming packed with Linux -- you name it, it's got it - and the first one, that inimitable beast, will be the new mainframe, running Linux."

"This of course is the perennial issue for Linux though, will it ever really hit the big time and convert us all? The chances are that it most certainly will. Perhaps the one big thing that stood in the way of serious high-end Linux success was the small matter of getting into the competitive marketplace. True it has been bobbling around the peripherals, with enormous success in the Internet space at least, for some time and very few people doubt its worth anymore. But this move by IBM has the potential to really lift the system into the upper echelons of the enterprise space -- and that should be great news for all."

"The enterprise space is where the really big bucks get churned and this deal means that Linux is very much going to be touted as a solution for the type of applications, databases and enterprise systems that exist in this space. That's a big deal. And it could well prove the most critical development yet for the Linux movement."

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