IBM continues its commitment to Linux with a new investment of 1,000 million dollars in the next five years to spend mainly on the development of cloud applications and services under the free system.Big Blue
officially announce investment under the LinuxCon event being held these days in New Orleans. not the first big injection to the system free which performs as IBM in 2000 was the first major company to announce the investment of a similar amount to support Linux-based technologies, when the system began to gain a foothold in businesses.
Since then, Linux has become a mainstay in many servers especially those for data centers, cloud computing and the Internet, and although they are mostly based on x86, IBM wants to promote their own Power PC in the new Series 8 to enter service next year.
Although not detailed the fate of the investment of 1,000 million dollars, a good portion will go to a new Linux Center Power Systems to be installed in the French city of Montpellier where developers can write and test applications for free for Linux Power 8.
“cloud development” where IBM hopes to contribute in applications like OpenStack, distributed computing environment that deals with processing large data sets in a network of servers.
Although the primary investment objective is simply to promote their own hardware, that billion dollars will drive the overall ecosystem Linux and Open Source technologies that definitely just coming from large mainframes to a Simple Android phone.
And if you’re wondering UNIX, the answer lies in their loss to Linux as we have seen in use by major global supercomputers, governed in their vast majority of Linux .