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IBM backs Linux across product lines
(IDG) -- A greater number of IBM's servers, laptops and desktops will now come with the Linux operating system, company officials said Monday.
"This the continuing momentum of our Linux strategy," said IBM spokeswoman Lisa Lanspery. "Linux is becoming a disruptive technology and is offering our customers a choice, and (we want to) allow them to be in this technology phenomena."
Big Blue will provide Linux on some RS/6000 servers, and A20 and T20 ThinkPads will be able to run Caldera Systems's OpenLinux. IBM also will develop Linux software designed for small businesses. The pre-load is expected in the third quarter of the year.
SuSE Linux for RS/6000 has been tested and certified on RS/6000 B50 rack mountable servers for service providers, and the 43P Model 150 entry servers and workstations and F-50 deskside servers have been certified for departments and small organizations.
Funds also will be made available for Linux certification and education programs. Company officials will extend training opportunities to 45,000 software developers and 45,000 IBM resellers.
IBM is working to become a leading provider of Linux, analysts and observers have said. During LinuxExpo in late January, IBM announced several Linux-based software initiatives, and already it provides Linux technical support.
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