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IBM refines its Linux message for developers

Aug 17, 2000 — by Rick Lehrbaum — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

Roberta Holland, writing for eWEEK, reports on a speech by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, IBM's vice president of technology and strategy, at the company's Solutions 2000 conference held this week in Las Vegas, NV. Wladawsky-Berger's statements shed some strategic light on the steadily increasing swirl of Linux activity that appears to be engulfing “big Blue” these days. Holland writes . . .

“IBM executives today described a technical revolution in IT akin to the steam engine or electricity, and they placed Linux at the core of their strategy for dealing with what's seen as the next generation of computing.”

“. . . 'The reason we are so excited about Linux is we believe Linux can do for applications what the Internet did for networks,' Wladawksy-Berger said. The industry needs common APIs, common tools and a common set of skills, which will open up economic opportunities to build on top of that common base. Those common applications will work on all platforms. 'Linux is extremely popular. It's already the fastest-growing operating system out there,' he said. 'We have just about Linux-enabled all of our products' . . .”

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