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Opening the coffers for Linux

This article appears in the issue April 2005 [Volume 14, Issue 4]

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IBM reports that in response to high double-digit growth in 2004 in the number of customers deploying IBM collaboration software on the Linux platform, including WebSphere Portal, Lotus Notes/Domino and IBM Workplace, it plans to invest $100 million over three years to expand Linux support in its Workplace portfolio.

The company says the investment will be focused on:

  • ISV support programs,

  • channel and partner enablement and promotion,

  • research and development,

  • sales and marketing, and

  • technology and integration centers.

IBM says its Workplace server-managed client model enables customers to centrally manage and deploy business applications and data to a range of devices as needed—from traditional desktops and laptops to shop-floor terminals, PDAs and cell phones. IBM Workplace Client Technology enables products and applications to run on a variety of operating systems, including Linux, which provides an additional choice for customers looking for a client-side Linux solution.

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