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IBM and Partners Celebrate Milestone in Growth of Linux Applications

Linux Applications Increase More Than 30 percent

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Armonk, NY - 27 Jun 2001: IBM today announced 30 percent year-to-date growth in the number of enterprise-level applications for Linux*, celebrating a major milestone in Linux market acceptance. This brings to more than 2,300 the number of Linux applications available from IBM and the industry's top independent software vendors (ISVs).

The availability of these applications lets customers build Linux solutions using software vendor applications built with IBM's key e-infrastructure servers and software, known as middleware, to help e-businesses improve sales management, enterprise resource planning, distributed computing, e-commerce and accounting functions for a variety of industries, including finance and retail sales.

"We're seeing tremendous excitement around Linux from the software development community, and we're working with them to deliver enterprise-ready applications for real e-business," says Robert C. Timpson, General Manager, IBM Developer Relations. "ISVs have created robust e-business solutions in every major industry and solution segment, using IBM's leading middleware, including DB2® database software, WebSphere™ e-infrastructure software, and Lotus® Domino™."

Among the top ISVs partnering with IBM to deliver Linux-based applications:

IBM has worked closely with these and other ISVs to drive development of Linux applications for enterprise customers. One of the leading ISVs, SAP, has ported mySAP.com®, which utilizes IBM's DB2 database for both Intel® processor and mainframe-based Linux offerings. mySAP.com is a comprehensive e-business platform designed to help companies collaborate and succeed-- regardless of their industry or network environment.

Another ISV, SAS sees Linux as a key emerging platform for e-business. "IBM's expansion of its e-business application framework to include Linux has given customers added flexibility in choosing the appropriate operating system," said Don Hatcher, SAS's worldwide director of technology strategy. "Many companies have chosen Linux to run their Web servers; with SAS solutions for analytical CRM, these companies have turned the deluge of Web-based customer data into knowledge and competitive advantage. IBM, through its powerful hardware and middleware, is providing a solid infrastructure and adding real value for Linux-based solutions like ours."

By working with IBM, ISV's are finding new ways to take advantage of the growing Linux market opportunity. "Thanks to IBM and the independent software vendors of the industry, the heavy lifting has been done so that there are now an abundance of Linux applications available for customers who want to leverage the scalability and cost benefits of Linux within their information technology infrastructure. This is clear evidence of the Linux opportunity for software vendors as well as for customers," said Bill Claybrook, Research Director, Aberdeen.

IBM Helps Foster Growth of Linux-based Applications
To help drive Linux adoption in partnership with ISVs, IBM has provided comprehensive support, paving the way for developers with critical tools and resources to build enterprise grade applications for Linux. Some initiatives include:

IBM plans to announce other incentives, incubator programs, educational seminars and developer partnerships in the near future. News and updates can be found through IBM's newly enhanced Linux site, www.ibm.com/linux. Specific IBM e-business software offerings for Linux can be found at www.ibm.com/linux/software.

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