IBM's Open-Source Lovefest
Monday, September 13, 2004; 10:11 AM
Microsoft is trying to thumb its nose at IBM's efforts in the speech recognition arena. "This is a case of IBM following Microsoft," said James Mastan, director of marketing for Microsoft Speech Technologies. "IBM has not executed in bringing this technology to a broad market as Microsoft has."
The New York Times: Speech Code From IBM to Become Open Source (Registration required)
"However it ends, the battle is shaping up as a huge marketing coup for IBM -- no easy feat in the cynical open-source community. ... That's despite the fact that IBM remains an open-source rival on other fronts. Supporters of open-source e-mail and database programs fight IBM proprietary products tooth and nail. But Linux lovers shrug that off."
Newsweek: An Unlikely Champion
IBM's support of open source efforts has gone international too. EWeek reported last week that IBM and Brazil's government "signed a cooperation agreement to establish a knowledge and technology center, known as CDTC, which will promote and develop open-source and Linux solutions in Brazil. This is the next step in a plan that IBM announced last December. In it, IBM and the Brazilian government agreed to expand the use of Linux in Brazil." Brazil has been among the countries that are bullish on open-source software as a cheaper alternative to Microsoft and other proprietary software systems.
EWeek: IBM, Brazil Partner to Promote Open Source
LinuxInsider from the ECT News Network wrote about the potential for Linux to have widespread success (let's not forget that Microsoft powers more than 90 percent of the world's computers). "With the recent education efforts on Software Freedom Day and aggressive moves by IBM and Novell it seems that open-source advocates have much to cheer about. Although open-source operating systems have not yet become the standard in corporate and consumer environments, and face plenty of competition, several recent initiatives have shown that it is becoming more prevalent worldwide and has the potential to grow even more. Linux, in particular, is seeing increased popularity all over the map, from Korea to Germany to Brazil," the article said. Here's one Linux cheerleader:
"'Open source is ready to move beyond the world of geeks,' said Dwayne Bailey, founder and director of the Zuza Software Foundation, which is translating OpenOffice into several South African languages. He added, 'There are so many companies and individuals that want to see open source succeed all over the world, and it's exciting to be part of that.'"
LinuxInsider: Can Open Source Take Over the World?
Meanwhile, IBM today also
announced a new entry-level, Linux-based computer -- called the IBM eServer OpenPower 720 -- that the company says "provides a Linux-based alternative to higher priced [Hewlett Packard] and Sun entry-level UNIX(R) and Linux systems, helping clients to attain greater business productivity and lower costs." Brian Connors, a vice president at IBM, said in a statement: "As Linux matures to support mission critical applications, IBM's new family of OpenPower systems takes Linux to the next level with servers tuned for Linux." The Wall Street Journal noted it was IBM's "first Linux-only computer as a low-end competitor to cheap Unix computers made by Sun and HP."
The Wall Street Journal: Linux Backers to Support Standard (Subscription required)
Organizing Open Source
In other open-source news, Linux supporters are trying to get more organized to mount a better challenge to the software giant in Redmond, Wash. "Major Linux backers have agreed to support a single version of the freely exchanged computer-operating software, in a move to strengthen its competitiveness against Microsoft," the Wall Street Journal reported today, in the same article referenced above. "The Free Standards Group, a nonprofit trade organization based in San Francisco, is expected to announce today that providers of Linux versions from around the world agreed to back Linux Standard Base 2.0. Those who have also agreed include International Business Machines Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., Dell Inc., Intel Corp. and other companies that sell Linux-based computers, software and services."