Subject: Re: free software business anyone?
From: "Jonathan S. Shapiro" <>
Date: Sun, 17 Feb 2002 12:08:49 -0500

> It would seem that these companies(IBM,SUN Intel et al) see GNU/Linux as
> easy solution to the one vendor problem(Microsoft) and will continue this
> support/development as long as they see it in their interest. For them
> "low hanging fruit" to much a bigger problem than any competition Ret hat
> could generate.

At IBM, it also reflected a quiet, internally growing belief that they have
lost the necessary skills to build a new operating system successfully. They
lost over $1B on Workplace Shell (Mach) and OS/2. *each*.