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Why is IBM Promoting Ubuntu at the Young Scientist Exhibition December 26, 2009

Posted by bodonovan in open-source, ubuntu.
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A few people have been asking why IBM is promoting Ubuntu at the Young Scientist Exhibition when it is not an IBM product. In fact there are a number of good reasons:

  1. IBM supports the concept of freedom and we would hate to think that students (or anyone) would feel locked in to using a particular brand of proprietary software just because it came with the PC when they bought it. Click here to view Bob Stutor explain in detail why IBM cares about software freedom.
  2. Ubuntu provides an excellent quality stable desktop operating system for free, so we don’t want to see people wasting valuable money on purchasing licenses for software when they don’t have to
  3. We think that Ubuntu is cool and we think that the students attending the exhibition will agree when they see for themselves.
  4. IBM employees use Ubuntu internally for their work and IBM also partners with a Canonical and Verde to provide the Ubuntu based IBM Client for Smart Work.

They say that “a picture is worth a thousand words”, in fact a video is worth a thousand pictures and I created this playlist of videos from YouTube to show you some practical examples of why we think Ubuntu is cool and exciting.

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1. ghabuntu - January 7, 2010

Ubuntu is a great way to show potential users what open source in general and Linux in particular are.

2. Links 7/1/2010: GNU/Linux Gains Among Key OEMs | Boycott Novell - January 8, 2010

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3. Links 7/1/2010: GNU/Linux Gains Among Key OEMs | Boycott Novell - January 8, 2010

[…] Why is IBM Promoting Ubuntu at the Young Scientist Exhibition A few people have been asking why IBM is promoting Ubuntu at the Young Scientist Exhibition when it is not an IBM product. In fact there are a number of good reasons: […]

4. Brian O'Donovan - January 9, 2010

Thanks for leaving these comments. However, I would like to make it clear that IBM is not supporting any “Boycott Novell” campaign. I don’t know enough about Novell’s corporate startegy to comment on whether or not it is good or bad. Nevertheless, IBM would/should never be involved in a campaign to boycott another company. This would not be consistent with our corporate values.


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