IBM pushes Linux on ISVs

Galli, Peter
March 2005
eWeek;3/21/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 12, p16
This article presents information on IBM Corp. which is looking to drive reluctant, cash-strapped independent software vendors (ISVs) to embrace Linux with a worldwide initiative to promote development and certification of applications for Novell Inc.'s SuSE Linux on IBM's eServer and middleware platforms. The program, launched last week in conjunction with Novell, of Waltham, Massachusetts, gives interested ISVs access to technical resources, expertise and hands-on tools at nine IBM Innovation Centers across North America, Europe and Asia. The initiative follows a similar move IBM made last December with Red Hat Inc., of Raleigh, North Carolina; it focused on getting European ISVs to consider Linux. A key impediment to enterprise adoption of Linux is the lack of applications supporting the platform compared with other operating environments such as Windows and Unix. Adding to the pressure to provide a rich application environment for Linux is Microsoft Corp.'s effort to woo NetWare users.


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