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VARBusiness: Lotus Gets Behind Linux

Aug 26, 1999, 02:40 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lee Copeland)

"A decision by Lotus Development Corp. and IBM Corp. to port software to Linux is winning favorable reaction from channel partners, who say it gives the companies an opportunity to look fresh and cutting edge and win customers. "

"...Web portal developer and integrator based in Phoenix, lauded the portability effort. 'One of Lotus' main competitive points against Exchange is that Notes is multiplatform and Exchange is not,' he said. 'We're still in a world dominated by NT, but to offer the customer a choice is still a good thing.'

VARs also voiced favorable reactions to having a streamlined alternative to bulkier operating systems such as Windows NT."

"...said... an E-commerce service provider in Vienna, Va.: 'Over the years, the performance of [Windows] NT has improved but it's getting to be too big... Microsoft has thrown everything into it, so it's getting harder and harder to build against it. My interest in Linux is I don't have to use the features that I don't want.' "

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