Sam Loves Linus

I skimmed Fortune's cover story (June 21st issue) on IBM today. From page 88 or so to 92 (a bunch of ads separate the paragraph in question) you'll find a nice description of Sam Palmisano's "elegant and spacious" conference room with "picture windows [showing] panoramic views of forests and hills." Sounds like a lovely place to work, eh? (It snows there in the winter, so I'm glad I'm in San Francisco.)

Anyway, here's where it gets interesting: the only photograph in the room -- prominently displayed -- is Sam with a smiling Linus Torvalds. That's it? Rolling hills and forests and Sam and Linus? Well, you gotta give him credit ... that's focus for ya. Maybe it was a set up for the Fortune reporter to notice and write about. I don't think so, though. I never doubted IBM's commitment to Linux. And still don't.
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