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LinuxPlanet: IBM Launches Open Client For Cross-Platform Desktops, Plus Linux Servers for SMBs

Feb 15, 2007, 19:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"IBM plans a big drive among outside application developers to write desktop and mobile applications for Open Client Solution, a new Eclipse-based crossplatform software product rolled out at this week's LinuxWorld OpenSolutions show. Two other Linux-oriented announcements from IBM--the p5 560Q midrange server and a new Informix-based data server--are geared to small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs), with intended benefits that revolve respectively around faster data center virtualization and more powerful database administration.

"In a press conference at the show in New York, Scott Handy, IBM's VP for Worldwide Linux and Open Source, said that Open Client Solution will run as a client to Lotus Notes and Sametime, providing the same look-and-feel across Windows, Linux, Apple Macintosh, and mobile systems.

"On the Linux side, applications for Open Client will appear the same on both KDE and Gnome desktops, maintained Adam Jollans, IBM's Linux strategy manager, in a follow-up meeting with LinuxPlanet afterward. 'That's because Open Client runs at a higher [user interface] level,' according to Jollans..."

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