Back in 2001, IBM changed history by announcing the investment of a staggering $1 Billion dollars for the fledgling Linux operating system, which Big Blue hoped to provision as a competitor to Windows, Solaris, Unix, and other enterprise-grade systems. The massive investment of system integration and development time brought Linux into the corporate server room, where it has flourished ever since.
Now IBM is proposing to invest another $1 Billion for another round of Linux development. The new funding, which IBM VP Brad McCredie announced at the LinuxCon conference in New Orleans, is targeted for expanding and adapting Linux for IBM’s next-generation Power series server systems. Much of the money will be for extending the Power server as a platform for virtualization and cloud services.