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IBM CEO Pushes Linux Desktop Internally

IBM CEO Pushes Linux Desktop Internally

The press has gotten its hands on an internal memo written by IBM CIO Bob Greenberg in November that says that IBM CEO Sam Palmisano "has challenged the IT organization, and indeed all of IBM, to move to a Linux-based desktop before the end of 2005. This means replacing productivity, web access and viewing tools with open standards-based equivalents."

The memo said that the CIO's office, IBM Research, and the Software Group were setting up an Open Desktop Project Office to pull the effort together and work out the business issues and requirements.

IBM's spokeswoman poured cold water on the idea and contradicted at least the spirit of the memo by saying, "IBM has no plans to move all its employees to a Linux desktop by 2005," adding that challenges are customary inside IBM.

Still sounds like a charter to us.

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Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

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