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FT.com: IBM to spend $1bn on Linux

Dec 12, 2000, 23:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"IBM, the world's largest computer company, on Tuesday said it would spend more than $1bn next year on backing the Linux operating system - Microsoft's chief competitor in operating systems."

"Lou Gerstner, chief executive of IBM, made the announcement at the eBusiness Conference in New York. He also said Shell International Exploration would use a Linux-based IBM supercomputer that would be the world's largest such system...."

"Mr. Gerstner said IBM was stepping up its Linux support as part of the company's focus on open systems not tied to proprietary technologies. He criticised Microsoft, Sun Microsystems and EMC, the storage systems company, as being the last computer companies with proprietary technologies."

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