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11-01-2001

Ibm/linux Presentation At Clarkson University

The Clarkson Open Source Institute and the Clarkson Chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) are sponsoring a presentation by IBM on Thursday, November 8, at 6:00 p.m. in room 212 of Bertrand H. Snell Hall. Greg Lacey, manager of z/OS Integration Testing at IBM, and several members of his staff will give a presentation on the Linux operating system. The presentation will run until 7:30, with time for discussion afterwards.

The presentation will include an overview of the Linux computer operating system and its expanding role in today's business and academic environments. It will also cover IBM's billion-dollar investment in Linux, in which IBM is helping to develop Linux as well as providing Linux as an option on its mid-range and high-end computers. In particular, the presentation will cover the z/Series, IBM's latest mainframe, which can run hundreds of virtual Linux servers inside a single high-performance computer.

Linux is an open source computer operating system that provides a robust, secure, and scalable alternative to proprietary operating systems. Open Source software is free software that grants all users the right to acquire, modify and redistribute it. Once the domain of computer enthusiasts, Open Source software now includes user-friendly word processors, spreadsheets, email programs, web browsers and servers, databases, and security programs used by individuals and organizations worldwide.

This presentation will be of interest to people in business or administration who would like to know more about Linux and how it might benefit their organization. It will also be of interest to Linux enthusiasts and computer hobbyists curious about Linux, as well as high school and college students considering careers in computing.  Refreshments will be available before the talk, and a drawing will be held for a door prize donated by The Computer Guys store in Potsdam. 

For more information, contact Dwight Tuinstra, director of the Clarkson Open Source Institute, at 268-2307 or tuinstra@clarkson.edu.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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