"Seeking to spur corporate interest in Linux-based
servers among small businesses and independent software developers
(ISVs), IBM today announced a new test-drive program that allows
users to login Linux servers across the Internet.
The Linux Test Drive for eServer iSeries features a "virtual
Linux server" to help independent software vendors and the open
source community write and port their applications to Linux on
iSeries servers. The program makes use of IBM's partitioning
technology, which allows a single physical server to be divided
into dozens of virtual servers that can be accessed remotely by
software developers around the world. A single iSeries server can
support up to 31 partitions running Linux, according to IBM."