Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 20th Dec 2005 18:37 UTC, submitted by Robert Escue
IBM Unix isn't a flashy market. But what distinction there is has been going to Sun Microsystems lately, by making its Unix-based Solaris operating system available as open-source software. Last week, IBM moved to put its AIX Unix operating system back on everybody's radar by revealing plans to create a development center on its Austin, Texas, campus to speed up AIX development.
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Looking a gift horse in the mouth
by on Tue 20th Dec 2005 19:38 UTC

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I certainly know that IBM contributes to all things Open Source, and that they can spend money on whatever they deem appropriate from a competitive standpoint.

That being said, I still wish that this story announced that IBM was spending $200 million toward a new Linux development center, instaead of AIX.

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Jody Member since:
2005-06-30

They spend millions on AIX and billions on Linux. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

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Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

And just where do you get that IBM spends billions on Linux? How about sharing with the rest of us.

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Duffman Member since:
2005-11-23

Perhaps because as Linux is just a piece of crap, it needs more money to do something usable than AIX.

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tbostick78 Member since:
2005-12-16

It's really not difficult to find an earnings report:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/9731750/from/RL.5/

Do you really believe IBM spends "billions" on linux? Now THAT would be philanthropy!

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rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

To be fair, IBM cannot let AIX stagnate while it builds up Linux. AIX is still their bread and butter, and Solaris hasn't exactly been moving at a snail's pace!

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Googlesaurus Member since:
2005-10-19

"To be fair, IBM cannot let AIX stagnate while it builds up Linux. AIX is still their bread and butter, and Solaris hasn't exactly been moving at a snail's pace!"

I don't believe IBM has any intention of allowing AIX to stagnate, and I would say this investment speaks clearly of their future direction.

It's all about making money for IBM, even if they have to support their enemies, or jump off a cliff to do so.

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