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Line56: Linux for Lotus

Aug 04, 2003, 10:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Demir Barlas)

"Linux has a big fan in IBM, and the upcoming LinuxWorld event in San Francisco will see a number of announcements from the e-business giant highlighting the open source operating system. In fact, the announcements have begun already, with IBM revealing that its popular Lotus software now supports Linux.

"Lotus and Linux constitute one front in a war against Microsoft, explains Evans Data analyst Joe McKendrick. 'This is a point where Linux is making inroads against Microsoft Outlook and Exchange,' he says.

"Simply put, Lotus--IBM's instant messaging (IM), e-mail, and groupware suite--goes up against Microsoft's products, and IBM ultimately prefers that they do so in Linux rather than Windows.

"'The main reason for IBM to support Linux is the horse race with Microsoft,' is how McKendrick puts it..."

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