No New IBM Linux Desktop News After All
Rumors flew that IBM was to make a major Linux desktop annoucement today, but an IBM representative says that it's just business as usual for IBM's Linux desktop support.Despite rumors to the effect that IBM will be making a big Linux desktop announcement today at the Linux Desktop Conference in Boston, MA, IBM spokesman Michael Darcy insists that IBMs Linux desktop position hasnt changed. This first-time event is being sponsored by the Desktop Linux Consortium (DLC), a non profit organization dedicated to the advancement of the use of Linux on the desktop. The rumors centered on a speech from IBM Global Services executive Sam Docknevich entitled, "The Time is Now for Linux on the Desktop." What Docknevich will be presenting, Darcy says, is simply a restatement of IBMs Global Services willingness to support customers who want Linux on the desktop.
"I know it sounds odd," Darcy says, "but there is no press release, no news here." IBM Global Services has long supported companies that want a Linux desktop by working with customers and Linux distributors to come up with the right desktop product and support package.