IBM Launches Linux Unit, Closes Internet Division

IBM Corp. today outlined plans for a Linux initiative, including the formation of a new unit that will oversee the company's work on the open-source operating system.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger, who has been in charge of IBM's Internet division, will head the new unit, which will be part of the IBM Enterprise Systems Group, the company announced today. The Internet division will close and its functions will be merged into the enterprise group, which is overseen by Sam Palmisano.

All IBM server platforms will support Linux and the company intends to work closely with the open-source community as the operating system evolves, according to the IBM Linux plan. The company will announce deals with Linux application companies, Linux for IBM servers and middleware and the use IBM technologies to optimize the open-source OS, IBM said.

Some IBM server platforms already support Linux, and the company also has released source code modifications that enable Linux on System/390 servers.

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

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