Thanks to Erik
Ratcliffe for the tip.
On March 2, at LinuxWorld, IBM announced support for Linux, the
open-source operating system. The announcement, of planned key
alliances, flagship products, and the industry’s most comprehensive
service offering, makes IBM the only company to provide complete
solutions of hardware, software and technical support for
The news includes:
- IBM will support major versions of Linux globally, giving
customers a single point of contact for all of their technical
- IBM will work with four commercial distributors of Linux —
Caldera Systems Inc., Pacific HiTech Inc., Red Hat Software Inc.,
and SuSE Holding AG — to pave the way for co-marketing,
development, training and support initiatives that will help
customers deploy Linux;
- Key IBM WebSphere products will ship later this year, including
two application servers and a performance pack, enabling Linux
customers to exploit the Web to perform tasks ranging from simple
Web publishing to Java-based transactional processing;
- Availability of the industry’s first commercial, Java-based
emulator for Linux — IBM Host On-Demand — which provides secure
access to core enterprise data and applications via a Web
- IBM will begin beta testing, in the second quarter, its
On-Demand Server for Linux, which manages access to e-business
applications by users, groups, and devices ;
- IBM is working with the Linux community to port Linux to
selected IBM RS/6000 models.
According to IDC Research, Linux is the fastest-growing server
operating environment. In 1998, some 750,000 Linux servers were
installed, reflecting a 212 percent growth rate and 17 percent of
all new server placements.
To learn more about IBM’s Linux initiatives, visit the
for Linux Web site.