Silicon.com: IBM accuses rivals of Linux ‘blind spot’

“A senior IBM executive has warned arch-rivals Microsoft and
Sun that they’re “fighting fate” by refusing to embrace the open
source movement.”

“In an exclusive interview with Silicon.com, Irving
Wladawsky-Berger, vice president of technlogy and strategy,
enterprise systems group, IBM, said: ‘Monopolies were okay before,
but we’ve seen the future, and it’s not that. These hierarchical,
proprietary companies are trying to kill each other in the market,
and Linux offers an alternate vision of the world.'”

“Wladawsky-Berger said: ‘In time Linux will take over Unix on
the Intel space.’ However, he said Monterey is an important
stop-gap measure, as Linux on IA64 could be five years away.”

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