IBM to invest $1b in Linux, open-source

Sep 17, 2013
IBM said Tuesday it would invest $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for its servers in a bid to boost efficiency for big data and cloud computing.

IBM said Tuesday it would invest $1 billion in new Linux and open source technologies for its servers in a bid to boost efficiency for big data and cloud computing.

"Many companies are struggling to manage big data and cloud computing using commodity servers based on decades-old, PC era technology," said IBM vice president Brad McCredie.

"These servers are quickly overrun by data which triggers the purchase of more servers, creating unsustainable server sprawl. The era of big data calls for a new approach to IT systems; one that is open, customizable, and designed from the ground up to handle big data and cloud ."

Linux is an open-source operating system which can be used in servers, personal computers and other devices.

IBM, which produces supercomputers as well as servers which run computer networks and manages big data for , said it would establish a new Linux center in Montpellier, France.

"The new center is among a growing network of centers around the world where can build and deploy new applications for big data, cloud, mobile and social business computing on open technology building blocks using Linux and the latest IBM POWER7+ ," IBM said.

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Doug_Huffman
1.1 / 5 (10) Sep 17, 2013
Linux is Torvald's kernel. GNU/Linux is Stallman's operating system, itself a variant of the GNU OS. I doubt that $1B will clear these muddy waters, or to the benefit of the FOSS community.
krundoloss
2.3 / 5 (12) Sep 17, 2013
Maybe they should start calling it "Not Windows" since any other designation is subject to correction and or ridicule.
El_Nose
2.6 / 5 (5) Sep 17, 2013
the billion is hardware and people maintenance and land taxes
- the linux is free, as in beer
-- the concept is free, as in speech
Humpty
1.3 / 5 (12) Sep 17, 2013
Yeah.......... another torpedo into the Microsoft Nazies.....

From the people who sold the calculating machines to the Nazis.

I know they could rename their version of Linux as Gestapo for the mainframe and Stazi for the business users, and make a version called "NSA Lite" for the dumb terminals.
Neinsense99
1.8 / 5 (8) Sep 19, 2013
Yeah.......... another torpedo into the Microsoft Nazies.....

From the people who sold the calculating machines to the Nazis.

I know they could rename their version of Linux as Gestapo for the mainframe and Stazi for the business users, and make a version called "NSA Lite" for the dumb terminals.

I feel so informed now. Thanks. ;)
El_Nose
5 / 5 (1) Sep 19, 2013
I think the commenters have missed the point.

this article is just saying that IBM will use a Linux distro in some form to run platforms that have to do with its expanding cloud computing capabilities.

These boxes could :
could run the servers
could run the firewalls
could run the sys admin computers
could run the databases

-- but the fact is that the article is not specific

the datacenter probably costs 1Billion to build, staff, and install the puters... but Linux is free, as in beer

This article does not give any good specifics
Eikka
1 / 5 (1) Sep 21, 2013
but Linux is free, as in beer


There's no such thing as a free operating system that costs no money to install, implement, and maintain.

Unless you run your IT department solely on unpaid interns.

Whatever IBM is doing with Linux is probaby going to be just IBM specific stuff that won't help their competitors or individual users much. Linux is like lego - the fact that you can build fancy cars and castles out of them means nothing because you still have to build them yourself every time.
Roland
not rated yet Sep 22, 2013
The linux kernel is probably not compromised by the NSA, China, or anyone else. User space is another matter. I wouldn't trust any linux release from the US, especially from IBM or RedHat. UK/Ubuntu ditto. Mint is German, Solydxk is Dutch. See cringely.com for what's up with IBM, it isn't pretty.
kochevnik
1 / 5 (3) Sep 22, 2013
Linus introduced compromised NIST code into the kernel sources but developers report little or none of it remain in the kernel tree
Neinsense99
not rated yet Sep 23, 2013
The linux kernel is probably not compromised by the NSA, China, or anyone else. User space is another matter. I wouldn't trust any linux release from the US, especially from IBM or RedHat. UK/Ubuntu ditto. Mint is German, Solydxk is Dutch. See cringely.com for what's up with IBM, it isn't pretty.

Here is a link to the TAILS project (The Amnesiac Incognito Live System) for those with the need: https://tails.boum.org/
El_Nose
not rated yet Sep 26, 2013
There's no such thing as a free operating system that costs no money to install, implement, and maintain.


I never said that.

I said that. I stated

the datacenter probably costs 1Billion to build, staff, and install the puters... but Linux is free, as in beer


Linux is free software... the staff will maintain the computers/servers. Staff include janitors, programmers, system administrators, network admins, tech support and general I, along with administrative assistants and everyone else that is human working in the building.

Please don;t be naive or assume commentors on here are naive unless they state something specific

I am addressing the fact that the LINUX is not a part of the 1 Billion budget... as you just stated any OS will need admins... linux (any distro) , windows server, Solaris, OS X...