IBM Eats Its Own Linux Cooking
VP Steve Mills says IBM's growing internal use of Linux proves the OS is rock solid and ready for even the most mission-critical applications.NEW YORK Linux is here to stay, and IBM plans to keep putting money and resources behind the open-source operating system to make sure it does, said Steve Mills, IBM senior vice president and group executive in charge of IBM software, during his Thursday morning LinuxWorld Expo keynote here. "Were in the game for keeps," Mills told keynote attendees. And while IBM has sold more hardware, middleware and services thanks to Linux, Mills emphasized that IBM is pushing Linux primarily "to help our customers be successful." While IBM didnt trot out a total cost of ownership study of its own to counter the December International Data Corp./Microsoft TCO study that found Windows to be a better value than Linux in a number of operating scenarios, Mills pushed the TCO message hard during his address. He spent most of his hour-plus remarks talking up IBM customer wins involving Linux, ranging from Venezualas Banco Mercantil, to Sherwin-Williams, to Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein.
Linux is "here, real, deeply embedded and here to stay," Mills said. And, in one of several jabs he took at Microsoft Windows, Mills characterized as "a silly notion" the idea that "Windows will become more scalable and reliable and take out Linux."