YKK America will use an iSeries server, a special-purpose machine typically sold in conjunction with software, to run a Web site where customers can place and check orders and monitor inventory. The company will use IBM's Linux-only iSeries product, the lower-end i820 that can accommodate one to four processors and can run as many as 15 instances of Linux simultaneously.
IBM and Linux make an odd couple. IBM has a vast portfolio of patents and other intellectual property and enjoys profiting from that proprietary information. Linux, by contrast, is an open-source project, meaning that its underlying software may be used, modified, shared or redistributed by anyone.
But IBM has embraced Linux, trumpeting the Unix-like operating system amorous penguins and other offbeat Linux animations featuring Tux, the Linux mascot.than rivals Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Dell Computer. Big Blue even created a Web site with