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eWeek: IBM seals huge Linux deal - Lawson convenience stores, Japan

Nov 02, 2000, 16:16 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"IBM announced Thursday what it called the biggest ever commercial use of Linux, inking a deal to outfit a Japanese convenience chain called Lawson Inc. with more than 15,000 IBM eServers running the alternative operating system. "We think this will be the largest Linux installation in the world," said John Callies, IBM vice president, xSeries servers."

"Callies declined to say which Linux distribution IBM will pre-load on the Intel-based xSeries systems for Lawson, claiming that Lawson did not want that information made public. IBM has partnerships in place with a variety of Linux vendors, including all of the big four -- Caldera Inc., Red Hat Inc., TurboLinux and SuSE Inc. But sources close to the deal said Red Hat Linux will be the Linux distribution that will be pre-loaded on Lawson's servers."

"The Lawson deal is not only significant for IBM, but for Linux as a whole, said Bill Claybrook, research director for Linux and open-source software with market researcher Aberdeen Group Inc. Claybrook said he considered the Lawson win to represent the largest number of servers sold pre-installed with Linux."

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