news: IBM to distribute GNU/Linux with its server software

news: IBM to distribute GNU/Linux with its server software

Post by bob » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00

"                 IBM shares gained 3/4 to 224 1/2 a day ahead of
                 the pay date for its 2-for-1 stock split and after
                 wire services reported a deal is set to be
                 announced Tuesday in which Big Blue will partner
                 with Pacific HiTech to bundle the Linux free
                 operating system with IBM's (IBM: news, msgs)
                 best-selling database software for computer
                 servers. Pacific HiTech is one of many upstart
                 companies selling juiced-up versions of the free
                 Linux software code.

                 In another step pushing Linux ever closer to
                 becoming a mainstream operating system, the deal
                 is seen as turning up the heat on Microsoft, whose
                 Windows competes with Linux to provide the basic operating
                 systems to large computers. See full story."

"Linux gets push with IBM alliance

                  Last Update: 3:50 AM ET May 25, 1999

NEW YORK (AP) -- Veering ever farther into the mainstream, the Linux
operating system will now be bundled with IBM's best-selling database
software for computer servers.

The deal with Pacific HiTech, one of many upstart companies selling
juiced-up versions of the free Linux software code, was to be announced

                 As part of the agreement, IBM (IBM: news, msgs)
                 will provide 24-hour telephone support for
                 customers who buy its DB2 Universal Database
                 software along with Pacific HiTech's TurboLinux.

                 The companies also agreed to collaborate on
                 making future editions of IBM server software,
                 often referred to as "middleware," and TurboLinux
                 work more smoothly together.

                 For now, Linux poses only a marginal threat to the
                 Microsoft's Windows NT as the No. 1 software
                 platform for the big servers that run computer

                 But an affiliation with DB2, which recently eclipsed
                 Oracle8 as the top database application for those
                 machines, marks another level of legitimacy for
                 Linux, which is a fan favorite among software
                 developers, but relatively new to the business

"It takes more than just an operating system to run a computing
environment effectively," said John B. Jones Jr., an industry analyst for
Salomon Smith Barney, noting surveys showing that data processing is a
top priority among server operators.

"In the Linux space, the No. 1 prerequisite is database software, and IBM
has the No. 1 position in the database market," he said, referring to
Tuesday's deal as "one more incremental benefit to the people who are
considering using Linux."

The Linux code, developed by Linus Torvalds in the early 1990s when he
was a student in Finland, is best known for being a system that rarely

Linux began gaining notice last fall with major technology companies such
as Intel, IBM, Netscape, and Oracle buying a stake in Red Hat, a leading
vendor of the software, based in Durham, N.C.

In 1998, the Linux server market grew by 212 percent with more than
500,000 copies shipped, according to International Data Corporation, an
industry research firm.

The basic code, continually updated in consultation with an enthusiastic
community of programmers, is still given away for free over the Internet or
can be bought at stores for as little as $30.

Enhanced versions such as TurboLinux can sell for about $200.

No pricing for the DB2-TurboLinux was disclosed. DB2 typically sells for
about $8,000 per copy.

Pacific HiTech, based in San Francisco, shipped about 1 million units of
TurboLinux last year, but mostly in Asia."


news: IBM to distribute GNU/Linux with its server software

Post by Mike » Sun, 31 Dec 1899 09:00:00

Quote:>                 For now, Linux poses only a marginal threat to the
>                 Microsoft's Windows NT as the No. 1 software
>                 platform for the big servers that run computer
>                 networks.

NT is No. 1 platform for big servers ????

This is the most idiotic thing I have ever read on the internet
in the last 2 years. who wrote that crap?



1. news server software that "pulls" from another server?


I am a bit flummoxed.  I have access (sice I have to use the dreaded SBC
Communications) to a news server that suits my needs as well as is to be
expected.  BUT ...

What I am reduced to is using a newsreader (xnews) to periodically
"pull" from the newsserver those newsgroups that I am interested in (this
group among them).  I do not always have time nor do I remember to log on
and pull the articles from those groups I want.

SBC do not provide a "feed" as in suggested in the various linux
newserver software documentations.

Is there a *SIMPLE* method of setting up a "server" that can simply log
on to my SBC newsgroup server and pull all the new articles and store
them on my Linux server so that I would pretend to have a real,
functioning server on my Linux box that I can then use something like
Xnews to read?  I basically want to download and archive the full
contents of the newsgroups I am interested in, and then at my leisure
read the groups and both ask questions and respond where I have
experience and expertise.

I am open to any setup or configuration that would provide me with the
scenario above.  But I really need this to be automagic.


Mairhtin O'Feanag  (aka irishboy at Imadethis dot com)

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