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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Robert Escue
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2005-07-08

One billion does not equal billions of dollars, from the original post "They spend millions on AIX and billions on Linux.". The engineers you talk about were paid out of that billion dollars.

And I am reasonably sure that the technology centers link employs people who work on a lot more than Linux. I am willing to bet there are people who support AIX, Tivoli, MQ Series, DB2, and other IBM products as well. A total of 650 people world-wide is not that many when you think of it.

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fluffybunny Member since:
2005-10-05

I think you are mistaking the reason for the technology centers.

The technology center for Linux is to enable partners and IBM engineers employed to work on Linux to port over as well as create new means and features and function for Linux as well as to allow Linux to run well on IBM hardware. They do also work on certains softwares, ie. EVMS and others that works on other platforms.

These people employed in LTC, do not work on other softwares you mentioned, AIX, Tivoli, MQ Series, DB2 etc. etc.etc. Maybe for software testing or something else, but this is usually handled by the said division.

These people sometimes work with the other groups to enable porting or support on Linux but they are not allowed to talk to each other on technologies of the different platforms. To do so means to go through a lot of red tape as well as an oversight committee.

How do you think the SCO case is trying to make this out, by saying that engineers working on AIX are talking to Linux engineers and allowing for them to transfer technology from AIX/UNIX to Linux.
This is in fact not true, as AIX engineers are not supposed to talk to the Linux engineers about their products, and the means to do so.

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Robert Escue Member since:
2005-07-08

Do you know this for sure, or are you just speculating? And how much experience do you have with IBM Global Services? At least I worked on a project where I dealt with IBM for just over a year, so I am not limited to reading and guessing about what IBM does.

For all of the noise made about IBM's support of Linux it still comes down to that 650 people to me indicates a weak commitment, considering not too long ago IBM announed that they were going to lay off 15,000 people.

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