"IBM is looking to lure customers with a bundle of Linux,
virtualization and its Lotus collaboration software as an
alternative to Microsoft desktop software during the recession.
"IBM joined forces with Virtual Bridges and Canonical Dec. 4 to
offer a virtual desktop package comprises three software components
that sit on one corporate server. The bundle, billed as "Microsoft
free," is then provisioned to hundreds or even thousands of
"IBM Global Services is reselling the package for Virtual
Bridges, which charges $49 per seat for a 1,000-seat deployment.
Additional volume discounts are available via Virtual Bridges."