IBM's Linux Investment: A Look at Years of Commitment

 
 
By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2013-09-18 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

More than a decade after initially pledging to invest $1 billion in Linux, IBM has announced it will invest another $1 billion in improving the operating system on its Power Systems. IBM initially began talking about investing heavily in Linux in 1999 and formally announced the earlier $1 billion figure and began investing in 2000. Announced at LinuxCon 2013, IBM's latest $1 billion pledge aims to help clients capitalize on big data and cloud computing with modern systems built to handle the new wave of applications coming to the data center in the post-PC era. Two immediate initiatives that IBM announced—a new client center in Europe and a Linux on Power development cloud—focus on rapidly expanding the company's growing ecosystem supporting Linux on Power Systems, which today represent more than 400 independent software vendors (ISVs) with more than 1,000 applications, as well as more than 2,500 open-source applications worldwide. This eWEEK slide show looks at how IBM has been involved with Linux over the years.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Darryl K. Taft covers the development tools and developer-related issues beat from his office in Baltimore. He has more than 10 years of experience in the business and is always looking for the next scoop. Taft is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) and was named 'one of the most active middleware reporters in the world' by The Middleware Co. He also has his own card in the 'Who's Who in Enterprise Java' deck.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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