IBM Launches Biggest Linux Lineup Ever

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SAN JOSE - 02 Mar 1999: .... At LinuxWorld today, IBM announced support for Linux**, the open-source operating system. The announcement, of planned key alliances, flagship products, and the industry's most comprehensive service offering, makes IBM the only company to provide complete solutions of hardware, software and technical support for Linux.

The news includes:

According to IDC Research, Linux is the fastest-growing server operating environment. In 1998, some 750,000 Linux servers were installed, reflecting a 212 percent growth rate and 17 percent of all new server placements.

"There are more than 10 million users running Linux software and many of our customers are asking for Linux solutions," said Steve Mills, general manager, IBM Software Solutions. "We want to give our business partners and customers peace of mind and confidence that if they want to use Linux, IBM will be there to support them, as we do with their other systems."

Today's announcement comes on the heels of other IBM news regarding Linux, including:

IBM provides the widest range of hardware and software solutions for all types of computing platforms. Linux users can draw on IBM's extensive experience, skills and resources to address their technical needs, including support for the operating system. Depending on customer needs, IBM will offer 24-hour-a-day voice support, ranging from answering usage questions to in-depth problem determination. Support will be worldwide, with availability initially in the U.S. in the second quarter, and in other countries later in the year.

IBM will collaborate with leading commercial Linux distributors to optimize the performance of IBM offerings running on various Linux versions, enabling customers to exploit the full potential of Linux. Planned cooperation includes porting IBM products to Linux; education and training; and selected product development and marketing projects. In addition, IBM will supplement its technical support for various Linux packages with help from distributors, when needed.

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