IBM: The future is here and it's Linux

International Business Machines (IBM) announced Monday that it was making Linux the center of its computer hardware strategy by making all of the products it makes compatible with the Open Source software. Additionally, the computer giant will donate code from its other server operating systems to the Linux movement in an effort to make Linux more reliable.

"We will essentially Linux-enable all our platforms," says Sam Palmisano, head of IBM's hardware group. "We've been thinking about this for a while. Customers say they want choice, a flexible, open environment. They find this a very attractive alternative."

IBM's new Linux division will have groups in Texas, New York, New Jersey, and India.

While Linux has been making headway against Windows, especially in the press, today's announcement from IBM solidifies the operating system's status as a legitimate competitor to Windows

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