In a manner similar to the sale of the PC business, IBM has agreed to sell the x86 server business to Lenovo. One detail that I think is important is that “Approximately 7,500 IBM employees around the world, including those based at major locations such as Raleigh, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Taipei, are expected to be offered employment by Lenovo.”
I think this means a considerable increase in Lenovo’s GNU/Linux talent pool… Will any of that leak into the client division? With thin clients perhaps it does not need to. The talent’s mostly on the server anyway. This could erode Wintel in business eventually. It’s about time.
See IBM’s announcement.