According to the company, they are not. They have simply moved their Linux computers to the Red Hat software. Only about 5% of the companies employees use Linux systems and those are primarily the software developers and designers.
According to Nancy Kaplan, a company spokeswoman, "The Linux plan is for people who have a need for Linux, as part of their jobs, will use it. We have not made Linux available to the general employee population and there are no plans to do that."
IBM did not, however, give promise that this would never be an option but instead said that they simply didn't know. With many people moving away from Internet Explorer and more companies openly competing with Microsoft, a change away from Windows by a company like IBM could have far-reaching effects.
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