I ran across an interesting letter to the Editor in my latest InfoWorld (08/25/03). It's from David Chow, CEO of ShaoLin Microsystems and Chairman of Hong Kong Linux Industry Association. In the letter he begins by defending Linux as more than just a "commodity system for low-end, PC-based hardware". Here is the second to last paragraph: "My company offerrs OS (kernel modules) integrated management solutions. IBM is also pushing Linux on pSeris, iSeries, and zSeries. On behalf of the Hong Kong Linux Industry Association, we've also received a donation from IBM for a zSeries mainframe capable of running thousands of copies of Linux with management tools that are tightly integrated with the mainframe hardware and Linux OS. IBM has been pushing Linux on mainframes for server consolidations for a couple of years." Nothing much exciting there, then came the final paragraph: "Sun seems to be the only vendor that is still pushing proprietary Unix systems hard. In fact, I am receiving marketing funds and proposals from IBM and their partners (that market iSeries and pSeries major) to convert existing i/p/z Series customers to Linux. This is because IBM doesn't see any new revenue models that it can dig out from existing customers who are using proprietary platforms." What exactly is involved in pushing a customer to Linux? Bill
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