International Business Machines (IBM) has pledged to spend around $1 billion over four or five years on Linux and other open-source technologies that are related to the company’s Power server systems. IBM has been committed to open-source technologies for a long time now as they backed Linux with $1 billion 12 years ago.
“The last time IBM committed $1 billion to Linux, it helped start a flurry of innovation that has never slowed. We look forward to seeing how the Power platform can bring about further innovation on Linux, and how companies and developers can work together to get the most out of this open architecture,” stated Linux foundation executive director Jim Zemlin.
IBM is setting up a new Power Systems Linux Center in Monpellier, France. The cloud servers at that Center will help serve IBM’s growing number of developers, partners, clients, etc.