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InfoWorld: With IBM's support, Linux can look forward to ringing in the new year on a high note

Dec 27, 2000, 16:58 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by James R. Borck)

"Is IBM's support isolated? Yes. Is that support impactful in and of itself? Perhaps not. But with the recent layoffs and stock devaluation of various Linux distributors, the Big Blue nod acts as a vital impetus to boost momentum in the open-source development community. At the very least, IBM's move serves to indicate that old masters of the proprietary game, such as Sun and Microsoft, must certainly take heed."

"But it's really the price tag more than the capabilities that has made Linux so attractive for distributing workload. As high-bandwidth, on-demand application delivery becomes increasingly pervasive, Linux's low cost will become the leveraging factor to effectively meet the scalability challenges taxing our enterprise resources."

"Linux has to go a long way to win the complete confidence of IT professionals. But with increasing commitment from open-source and industry heavyweights, it might gain the impetus it needs to prove its mettle in 2001."

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