IBM Investing In Linux

    February 18, 2005

IBM’s affection for the open-source community and Linux continues to grow. Recently they allowed the community access to numerous IBM software patents with goals of quality improvement.

Another move, this time a financial-based decision, indicated the support IBM has for the open-source movement, this time, specifically targeting Linux. According to, IBM has pledged $100 million over a three-year period of time. The goal behind the investment is to expand Linux support across IBM’s Workplace software.

The investment will focus on products including WebSphere Portal, Lotus Notes/Domino and IBM Workplace. It will also be used for ISV support programmes, channel/partner initiatives, research and development, marketing and various technology and integration centres.

According to Big Blue, its expanded Linux support will help customers build Linux-based enterprise infrastructures. It aims to enable products and applications to run on a variety of operating systems

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