Proprietary software restrictive and dangerous – IBM
The future direction of technology is shaped at universities which is why it is important that students are exposed to operating environments which are set to become commercial standards. That\’s according to Joe Ruthven, IBM Business Development Manager: Linux and OSS, who was speaking at Rand Afrikaans University in Johannesburg earlier this week. Speaking during the Standard Bank IT week at the university, Ruthven said that in a \”couple of years there was a good chance that todays students will be working for us or our customers. Our objective is to broaden their horizons and help them realise that proprietary systems are a restrictive and dangerous environment in which to operate.\”
\”As the only operating system not dedicated to a hardware architecture, Linux offers flexibility, scalability and lends itself to virtualisation and autonomic features which have never been available before,\” Ruthven said. \”IBM considers Linux a key technology to further its corporate strategy.\”
Ruthven also said IBM\’s commitment to Linux is clear. \”Its entire portfolio of servers – the Z, P, I and X series – as well as the Open Power system and more than 300 software products are all certified to run Linux.\” IBM has also invested more than $1billion in the operating system over the past two-and-a-half years, he said.
\”We see Linux as a commercial, enterprise-ready operating system and are putting our weight behind it by providing the same level of support and services as for any other operating environment,\” Ruthven said.
The company also runs an ongoing Academic Relations Programme which includes working closely with universities and the global Linux Scholars Challenge. The competition encourages students worldwide to enter Linux projects.