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ComputerWorld.NZ: Mainframe Linux a Unix threat: MS

Aug 22, 2002, 21:00 (33 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andrea Malcolm)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"High-end Unix vendors will lose out more than Microsoft from companies running Linux on a mainframe, says Cliff Reeves, head of Microsoft's Windows .Net product management group.

"Reeves believes Microsoft will only suffer collateral damage from moves such as Air New Zealand's decision to run Linux and an open source application on a mainframe, doing his best to dismiss the development as 'a proposition'.

"Reeves, in the country for Microsoft Tech Ed conference, wouldn't comment specifically on Air New Zealand's decision but he was willing to expound on the idea in general terms.

"'Usually these people are rationalising their Unix systems. Then they say, why don't we sweep up those file and print services we've got? Companies have excess mainframe capacity and staff who see every problem in terms of a mainframe solution...'"

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