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internetnews.com: IBM Prep Linux Package for SMBs

Apr 10, 2003, 17:30 (3 Talkback[s])
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"Seeking to fill what it perceives as a gap in the marketplace, IBM Thursday rolled out a new Linux package for developers of the open-source operating system at its DeveloperWorks Live! 2003 show in New Orleans.

"IBM Integrated Platform Express, a combination of the Armonk, N.Y. firm's hardware servers and application server and database software, is intended to lure Big Blue's resellers and independent software vendors (ISVs) to use it to write Linux applications that they may sell to their own customers in the mid-sized market. They may also simply test new applications with it.

"The SMB market segment is one some research firms believe is particularly hungry for Linux: Gartner estimates some 45 percent of mid-sized businesses are using or experimenting with Linux. This makes sense because Linux is universally viewed as a cost-effective OS and SMBs are typically constrained by small budgets. Still, Microsoft's Windows OS remains the entrenched brand despite frequent attempts by Linux evangelists to hold sway over developers and companies..."

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