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CNET News.com: IBM, Red Hat tighten alliance with Linux deal

Aug 15, 2000, 22:17 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Red Hat and IBM today said they have tightened their alliance, agreeing to develop and sell new versions of IBM software atop Red Hat's Linux. Although the deal isn't an exclusive relationship for either company, it's the most important Linux pact IBM has signed thus far on its road to weaving Linux into the fabric of the entire company, said Robert LeBlanc, vice president of IBM's software group."

"As previously reported, the deal means even more to Red Hat, tiny compared to vast IBM. "It's the most significant relationship we've entered into," said Paul McNamara, vice president of products and platforms at Durham, N.C.-based Red Hat. "What we do now is work together to tune and optimize IBM's software portfolio on Linux."

"Under the deal, Red Hat and IBM will put funding into a market development fund. Programmers from both companies will work to make sure Red Hat's version of Linux meshes with several IBM applications: DB2 database software; Lotus Domino for accomplishing group projects; Tivoli management software; WebSphere e-business software; and a small-business pack, or collection of software, for Linux."

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