Developers Rush to Linux at Record Pace

33,000 Developers Currently Building Linux-Based Applications for IBM Software

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Somers, NY - 11 Nov 2002: IBM today announced that Linux is fast becoming the platform of choice as developers around the world embrace the open source operating system for application development at an unprecedented rate.

In less than five months of launching the "Speed-start your Linux App" program on developerWorks*, IBM's resource for developers, more than 33,000 Windows and Intel developers are now working with IBM software, including WebSphere*, DB2*, Lotus and Tivoli, to build applications that run on Linux. The program has helped corporate and commercial developers create more than 4,200 new Linux-based applications using IBM software.

In addition to these new applications from the Speed Start program, there are several thousand Linux-based applications in IBM's Global Solutions Directory, an online repository of business applications available from Independent Software Vendors (ISVs). The availability of these applications allows businesses from a wide variety of industries make the move to Linux. Today, 31 percent of the Linux applications in the directory are for the financial services sector, with 28 percent aimed at the retail space, and 23 percent targeting government agencies.

Developers are turning to Linux because of the reliability, flexibility and security the operating system delivers compared to other proprietary platforms. The total-cost-of-ownership associated with Linux solutions and the multi-platform support make the open source operating system well-suited for any size e-business.

IBM business partner, Sitraka, successfully participated in the IBM Speed Start and Linux Test Drive programs to quickly and easily port their flagship software to Linux.

"Speed Start saved us a great deal of time that would normally be spent acquiring and configuring hardware," said Lee Garrison, business development executive, Sitraka. "We have used the IBM Speed Start program to support our builds for Linux and, most recently, to port and build a working copy of our software on Linux in a matter of weeks. From our initial request, we had access to a system within 3 days and then 10 days later we had our JProbe software ported to our IBM eServer."

"It's staggering to see the momentum surrounding Linux in the developer community, especially the eagerness to work with Java and J2EE as a platform to take advantage of Web services. Almost half of the new Linux apps use WebSphere and all of them were built using WebSphere Studio." said Scott Handy, Director, Linux Solutions Software, IBM. "More and more developers are creating and porting business applications to Linux for the reliability and total cost of ownership benefits and to ensure their independence from proprietary systems. The Speed-start your Linux App program provides IBM middleware, tuturials and online technical support to help developers, especially those in the SMB space, get started with Linux."

The "Speed-start your Linux App" program is the first to offer comprehensive IBM Linux and resources, including support, free of charge. Developers who register for IBM's "Speed-start your Linux App," receive the Software Evaluation Kit (SEK) for Linux CD. The CD includes evaluation copies of IBM's most popular software offerings: Eclipse-based WebSphere Studio tools, WebSphere Application Server and Web Services Toolkit, DB2 Database and Lotus Domino collaboration software. In addition to free evaluation code, IBM offers online technical support and training such as free tutorials, IBM redbooks (detailed step-by-step instructions for developing specific types of applications), frequently asked questions and a real-time question and answer forum staffed by IBM and Linux experts. IBM will continue to build its array of solid technical support for Linux versions of its products and make additional information broadly available on developerWorks' Linux zone throughout the year.

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