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IBM, Canonical to sell Ubuntu-ready netbooks in Africa

Mar 29, 2010, 19:04 (3 Talkback[s])
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"IBM, Canonical, and Simmtronics announced they will market an Intel Atom-based netbook in emerging markets. The Simmbook will be preloaded with the cloud-oriented IBM Client for Smart Work Linux distro, based on Ubuntu Netbook Remix, and will first be made available in Africa for just $190.

"In addition to selling in Africa, the Linux-ready Simmbook will also be available in India, Thailand, and Vietnam, says IBM. The Simmbook is preloaded with IBM Client for Smart Work, which includes IBM Lotus Symphony, access to IBM LotusLive cloud collaboration services, and the choice of adding other IBM Lotus collaboration software like Lotus Notes and Lotus Sametime, says the company.


"Announced in December 2008, IBM Client for Smart Work is based on the VERDE virtualization technology from Virtual Bridges. The cloud-oriented distribution includes the Ubuntu Netbook Remix version of the Ubuntu Linux distro, as well as Linux versions of IBM's Open Collaboration Client Solution software (OCCS), based on IBM Lotus Symphony, Lotus Notes, and other Lotus applications."

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