Fisher, a 26-year IBM veteran, was in New Zealand recently to speak at a seminar organised by GOVIS, the organisation for government IT managers.

\ufffdGovernments are saving taxpayer money by leveraging open standards,\ufffd she says. She is emphatic about IBM\ufffds commitment to Linux in particular and open source generally. \ufffdWe have 15,000 engineers dedicated to Linux, and 10,000 services people. There are 30,000 staff running a Linux pilot on the desktop.\ufffd
She also said Linux generated $16 billion for IBM last year and would be generating $50 billion in the future. Details at [link||Computerworld].