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ZDNet: IBM pushes the Linux envelope

Jun 12, 2000, 17:12 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"While some Linux companies are reevaluating their priorities, Big Blue is continuing to pull out all the stops for Linux across a variety of platforms."

"On Monday, a variety of IBM divisions made a slew of Linux announcements. Among them: the company made public some details of its long-anticipated plan to bring Linux to its AS/400 server, the last of the IBM hardware platforms to obtain full-fledged Linux support. IBM (NYSE: IBM) also announced strategies for preloading Linux on Thinkpad systems; delivering a Linux small business bundle to business partners and Linux distributors; and rolling out a new e-business-oriented Linux certification program."

"Over the past year, IBM's push to support Linux has grown exponentially. But IBM's latest batch of announcements come at an interesting time - right on the heels of some less-than-good news for a number of Linux distribution, application and service companies."

"It also has taken steps to match for Linux the level of support it is providing for Microsoft's NT Server/Windows 2000 platforms. On Monday, IBM announced a Small Business Pack for Linux, consisting of the latest releases of Domino, DB/2 Universal database and WebSphere Application Server products, available for a promotional price of $499. IBM currently markets a similar $499 NT Small Business Suite. Like its NT offering, the Linux suite is limited to 100 users per server. IBM is waiting for Linux vendor feedback before it decides whether or not to release a complete Linux Small Business Suite that could be resold and rebranded by the Linux vendors, Handy said."

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