IBM Issues Linux Scholar Challenge

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Armonk, NY - 28 Aug 2001: - IBM today announced it has launched the Linux® Scholar Challenge -- offering universities across the world a chance to win their own IBM mainframe. Designed to familiarize students with the open source Linux operating system and the workings of the open source community, the contest provides students a unique opportunity to work with Linux and IBM.

For the university with the highest average score of student entries (with a minimum of 10 entries), the university will win a choice of a Linux-enabled 16 node IBM eServer* xSeries** cluster or a Linux-enabled entry-level eServer zSeries system. Twenty-five winners of the Linux Scholar Challenge will receive IBM ThinkPad® laptop computers. Three qualified winners will be offered Summer 2002 internships at IBM's Technology Center.

As part of the Challenge, students will submit projects to be reviewed by a panel of IBM technologists. Participating students will create a Linux project that enhances usability, develops an application, or tools for the Linux environment. Entrants describe their objectives, methodology, research and results. Judging is based on creativity, thoroughness, clarity, and results of the projects submitted. The best applications developed by students will be selected as winners.

"IBM is strongly committed to Linux, the open source community, and open standards. This contest is just another example of that dedication," said Steve Solazzo, vice president, Linux, IBM. "We're working to encourage a generation of students who have adopted Linux to make key contributions to the open source community. The University Challenge allows students to have fun and be creative, while providing them with an opportunity to improve their Linux skills and to improve Linux."

Other contest details include:

IBM is now accepting registrations online at Contestants must be enrolled in an accredited two or four year college or university and must complete the online registration by October 15, 2001. The contest will end on November 30. Winners will be announced on December 14.

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