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FairfaxIT: IBM sticks with that penguin

Mar 06, 2001, 15:22 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Braue)

"US sharemarkets have soured on companies selling the nearly free Linux operating system after anaemic profits have demonstrated that it is harder to make money from Linux than was previously thought."

"But this reality hasn't affected the enthusiasm of IBM, which sees Linux as a dream come true and has become the platform's most vigorous commercial backer after investing some $US1.3 billion ($2.3 billion) in Linux development in the past six months. That's quite a vote of confidence from the world's largest producer of information technology, but one that illustrates how desperately IBM has been looking for a way to bridge the substantial gaps between its existing OS/390, AIX, OS/400 and Windows NT/2000-based servers."

"In the past, customers have had to choose one of IBM's platforms and stick with it, since each is an entity in itself and it's difficult to transfer applications from one system to the other as the business grows. But because free access to Linux's source code means that it can be tailored to each of IBM's servers, Linux will provide a way for customers to move applications easily between servers as their needs mature."

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