Accenting the company’s commitment to Linux, IBM has signed an agreement with Turbolinux to jointly market, distribute and support IBM applications on Turbolinux. IBM software covered by the deal includes DB2 Universal Database, WebSphere e-business software servers, and Small Business Suite for Linux. Software from Lotus and Tivoli for Linux will also be marketed as part of the arrangement.
The availability of a range of business products will increase the attractiveness of Linux as an operating system for business customers and can be seen as a direct challenge to Microsoft Corp.’s Windows OS. IBM does not say, however, it is trying to take business away from Microsoft, choosing instead to characterize its shift as recognition of the new software realities. Linux has, in fact, moved past Unix into second position on the OS list.
A related article explores IBM’s resolve not to miss the next paradigm shift, as it did with the growth of the Internet. IBM’s Linux VP says that other companies see Linux as an OS, while IBM sees it as “a major game-changer in this whole world of technology.”