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PlanetIT: IBM Embraces Linux Throughout Its Line

Dec 28, 2000, 20:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Anne Zieger)

"Jockeying to cut to the front of the Linux world, IBM has demonstrated an uncanny affinity for the once-renegade operating system, sinking not only dollars and engineering time but also unimpeachable corporate reputation into Linux products and enhancements."

"IBM is apparently hoping to see a string of deals like the one signed by Japanese convenience store Lawson, which agreed to buy 15,000 IBM servers running Red Hat Linux last month. Lawson, headquartered in Osaka, plans to use Linux-based terminals to offer customers multimedia downloads throughout its 7,600 stores."

"Longer-term, IBM is hoping to meet some broad goals. The technology giant hopes it has in Linux what Microsoft potentially sees in Windows: a single operating system popular across the entire computing spectrum, from desktops, laptops and PDAs to wireless devices and other emerging computing environments."

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