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Red Hat and IBM Collaborate on e-Business Software Solutions

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LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, SAN JOSE - 15 Aug 2000: -- IBM today announced a global agreement that enables Red Hat, Inc. to bundle IBM's Linux-based software. The company also announced several hardware and software technologies for Linux, including a thin client and the ability to run Linux applications on IBM's NUMA-Q® server.

In addition, IBM said it would contribute more than 100 printer drivers to the open source community. With these announcements, IBM is making it easier for customers to deploy e-business applications on Linux using a growing selection of hardware and software to meet their
needs.

The announcements are the latest initiative in IBM's continuing strategy to embrace Linux across its entire product and services portfolio. Recently, IBM announced:
Linux running on a wrist watch;

Contribution to the open source community of source code of SashXB for Linux, which offers Linux developers the ability to write Web applications that are tightly integrated into the Linux desktop; and

Small Business Pack for Linux, a promotional offering of industry-leading software for e-businesses at an affordable price.

IBM and Red Hat
IBM and Red Hat will strengthen their relationship that began in early 1999 by jointly marketing, distributing, and supporting IBM, Lotus, Tivoli and Red Hat software offerings. IBM will provide the software infrastructure for Red Hat Linux solutions through products such as IBM DB2® Universal Database, IBM WebSphere™ family of e-business servers, Lotus Domino®, Tivoli Framework®, and IBM's Small Business Pack for Linux.

"We are delighted that Red Hat has embraced IBM software for building e-business solutions for our mutual customers," said Steve Mills, general manager, Solutions and Strategy, IBM Software. "By working together and having the breadth of software available for Linux from IBM, Lotus, Tivoli and Red Hat, we can offer our customers more choices for complete e-business solutions, and with global availability and support."

Linux: Desktop Offerings
IBM is continuing to take steps forward in the availability of Linux on the desktop. IBM is Linux-enabling the NetVista® Thin Client for businesses seeking desktop solutions that are reliable, affordable, and offer the flexibility of Linux. IBM's initial offerings will be based on TurboLinux® and will support both N2200 and N2800 models.

Also at LinuxWorld, IBM announced it is joining the GNOME Foundation, a prominent consortium dedicated to advancing the availability of the open source desktop environment.

IBM is collaborating with HelixCode, a leading open source desktop company, and is shipping select ThinkPad® notebooks pre-configured with Linux. IBM offers customers a choice of desktop environments to best meet their needs, including HelixCode® GNOME available on CD-ROM, and KDE pre-installed on the laptops.

Supporting Linux Solutions
IBM is demonstrating the Linux Application Environment running on NUMA-Q servers at the company's Linux World booth (1724). The Linux Application Environment on NUMA-Q servers features advanced scalability, availability and management for high-powered Web environments. NUMA-Q customers will be able to easily deploy Linux applications in a scalable environment.

Executing its strategy to offer customers Linux solutions for all its servers, IBM announced a new Linux feature for its Netfinity server that brings the functionality of mainframe technology to its PC Servers -- X Architecture. IBM and SuSE are also announcing that SuSE Linux® will be available pre-loaded on Netfinity servers, making Netfinity Linux bundles and preloads available from all four major Linux vendors.

IBM also extended its dedication in the Linux systems market with the introduction of pre-packaged Linux cluster offerings for high performance computing, web-serving and other demanding workloads. The new IBM Solution Series for Linux Clusters uses IBM Netfinity servers, services and software as well as open source components and third party products to deliver scalablity and manageability at competitive prices.

IBM is also introducing Linux support in VisualAge® Micro Edition for building embedded Java applications on Linux platforms. Through an agreement with MontaVista Software, Inc., customers can create and deploy connected pervasive solutions on embedded Linux devices.

Helping Build the Open Standard
IBM has been working closely with the open source community, contributing technologies and resources. Today's open source news includes:
Releasing Omni Printer Driver for Linux, a print system architecture containing more than 100 printer drivers -- doubling the number of printer drivers that will be made available free to the Linux community.

Providing performance and benchmark results of the Linux 2.2.14 kernel and the Linux 2.3.99 kernel that demonstrate increased scalability for Web serving in the upcoming Linux 2.4 kernel.

Contributing a tool (Dynamic Probes) that will help debug difficult problems, particularly those that occur during high activity in complex environments.

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