"IBM officials on Monday said the pace of application
development for Linux is increasing dramatically, citing that some
4,200 applications have been developed during the past five months
mostly for the company's server software, including WebSphere and
"Since the launching of IBM's 'Speed Start Your Linux App'
program in May, the company claims 33,000 Windows and Intel-based
third-party and corporate developers are now working with the
Eclipse-based version of IBM's WebSphere Studio toolkit to create
mission critical-class applications.
"'What is really encouraging about the developers and
applications is not just the number of them in such a short period
of time, but that two-thirds of them are corporate developers as
opposed to commercial developers producing apps in areas like
financial services,' said Scott Handy, director of Linux Solutions
at IBM's Software Group..."