[News] IBM's Irving Wladawsky-Berger (Emeritus) Explains the Company's GNU/Linux Reasoning

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The Evolution of Collaborative Innovation

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| In those pre-Web 2.0 days, the community 
| concept behind Linux and open source in 
| general was mystifying to many.  They were 
| surprised that IBM had so strongly embraced 
| Linux and were wondering what its relevance 
| would be to the world of business.  We spent a 
| lot of time explaining that we were supporting 
| Linux because it was an excellent operating 
| system that ran on every single hardware 
| platforms regardless of vendor or 
| architecture, and would thus facilitate the 
| integration of systems, applications and 
| information over the Internet.
| A number of companies were also concerned 
| about using software developed by an open, 
| distributed community, as opposed to a single 
| vendor, as was typically the case.  So, we 
| further explained that the open community 
| developing Linux included some of the top 
| programmers and computer scientists around the 
| world.  A number of IBM employees were already 
| involved with this community, and several more 
| would now be joining it as part of our new IBM 
| Linux Technology Center.  In any event, IBM 
| and its partners would provide support for the 
| Linux-based offerings we sold regardless of 
| how they were developed.  



IBM supports Tunisian ICT sector

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| During a working visit and as part of the 5th
| edition of the free software forum which was
| recently held in Tunisia, Mr. Robert Sutor,
| Vice President of Open Source and Linux at IBM
| met with Mr. Hadj Gley Minister of
| Communication Technologies and Mrs. Lamia
| Chafei Sghaier, Secretary of State to the
| Minister of communication technologies in
| charge of Informatics, the Internet and free
| software.
| During his visit, Mr. Sutor presented projects
| and programs aiming at fostering partnership
| between IBM and Tunisia namely in the sector
| of technological innovations and open source
| softwares.

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