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SearchCIO: IBM, ISVs Lure NT Users with Linux

Feb 12, 2004, 19:15 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Kate Evans-Correia)

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"IBM's plan to recruit Microsoft NT users to IBM and Linux may be viewed by some as laughable. But Big Blue couldn't be more serious about the open source platform. IBM says the rising number of ISVs moving to open source is proof that it has a chance at converting thousands.

"'What we're seeing is a groundswell of ISVs moving from Microsoft to IBM,' said Scott Hebner, vice president of marketing and strategy for IBM's software group. 'What's at the core of it? Resellers are making a commitment to open source.'

"By the end of 2004, Microsoft is expected to discontinue support for Windows NT and stop distributing security patches. That means that about 2 million customers will have to develop a migration strategy..."

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