• Subject: Re: CNN / InfoWorld article on Linux vs. NT (with some AS/400 referen ces)
  • From: boldt@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 25 Mar 1999 13:29:55 -0500



Pat wrote:
>Does anybody besides me find it funny that IBM is now looking
>at Linux(Unix Lite) >>>>>>> I do not wish to participate in any
>W/xx  finger pointing, I just find it odd that everybody is
>raving about somthing that Windows was supposed to have killed
>dead, but now reappears in a new name and everybody suddenly goes
>oooooooooh.... "look at this new thing"....

No, it makes a lot of sense for IBM.  First, a substantial part
of IBM's business is in services.  More and more people are moving
to Linux, and it only makes good business sense to go after that
business.  Second, "the enemy of my enemy is my friend".  It's
common knowledge that a certain large software firm in the
Pacific northwest is at least a bit worried about Linux.

Unix dead?  Huh?  At least 71% of the internet runs on Unix style
systems.  And the OS most commonly used to serve up web pages is
Linux!  Linux is not new - it's been around several years longer
than NT.  And many of the tools running on Linux predate Linux
by years.

BTW, I use Linux myself at home.  I haven't had so much fun
programming in years!  For a long time, the cost of development
tools kept me away from doing "hobby" programming.  But with
Linux, you can get everything for free - compilers, script
languages, editors, image programs, etc.

Cheers!  Hans

Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, boldt@ca.ibm.com


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