IBM to Announce Linux Initiative, Report Says

IBM Corp. today will reportedly unveil plans for a new Linux initiative, according to a report in today's Wall Street Journal.

As part of the initiative, IBM plans to create a Linux development group that will be headed by Irving Wladawsky-Berger, who has been named vice president of technology and strategy, the article said. Until recently, Wladawsky-Berger was general manager of IBM's Internet division, the article said. Made up of about 200 software developers, based in the U.S. and India, the Linux group will become part of IBM's enterprise systems group, the article said.

IBM officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

IBM intends to add some of its own operating system technology to Linux, with the approval of the Linux community, Wladawsky-Berger reportedly told the Journal in an interview.

IBM expects to make money from the Linux effort by selling related hardware, middleware and services, the article quoted Wladawsky-Berger as saying. IBM hasn't yet decided to sell an IBM-certified version of Linux, he reportedly said.

During the second half of 2000, IBM expects to begin shipping Linux software that runs on IBM's Unix-based server computers, the article said.

IBM Corp., based in Armonk, New York, can be reached at +1-914-765-1900 or at

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