IBM Rethinks Linux Strategy

"Free with No Support" Linux strategy to be abandoned in favor of making money

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Faced with unexpectedly high interest from its enterprise clients, IBM is having to rethink its Linux strategy. The original plan was to release a Linux version of the DB/2 enterprise database, essentially free and without support. The extent of interest from mainstream clients is causing IBM to recatagorize Linux as a fully supported platform so these clients can receive the level of support to which they are accustomed (and so IBM can receive the level of revenue to which it is accustomed).

IBM's service arm is already working on ways to provide enterprise level support for Linux server platforms. Licensing issues are said to be the most serious obstacle. IBM has already signed Linux service agreements with the French education ministry enabling French schools to start breaking free from the insupportable cost of Microsoft products.

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