April 20, 2001 4:25 AM PDT
IBM erases Linux sidewalk ads
IBM has found neither peace nor love in San Francisco after illegally stenciling ads on city sidewalks as part of the biggest computer maker's "Peace, Love & Linux" campaign. It is illegal to paint or print anything on public sidewalks, said Christine Falvey, spokeswoman for the city's Department of Public Works. She said the company that stenciled the ads on IBM's behalf was contacted Thursday and has agreed to remove them.
The ads, promoting the Linux computer operating system, consist of a peace sign, a heart and the face of a smiling penguin--the Linux mascot. "This was done as part of our Peace, Love & Linux campaign, and we have discontinued the practice," IBM spokeswoman Trink Guarino said. She said the stencils are in biodegradable chalk. Some have already started rubbing off and disappearing.
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