"IBM seized the spotlight at the LinuxWorld Expo in New York
City last week by issuing a spate of announcements that could
significantly affect e-commerce professionals and the open-source
"Chief among the Linux-related disclosures was IBM's new
initiative to foster open-source development. Big Blue will
offer versions of its software at no cost to commercial developers
to initiate what it hopes will become a new class of Linux
applications specifically designed for smaller
"Tapping into its strategic partnership with Linux vendor
Caldera Systems, Inc., IBM plans to distribute an application
developer's kit, which offers messaging, collaboration and dynamic
Web application serving capabilities. The kit also includes Java
technology and tools for application development, a relational
database for managing information and a Web application server for
tasks such as Web publishing."
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