Using the ongoing LinuxWorld conference as a rallying point, IBM joined the likes of Ubuntu’s Canonical, Novell and RedHat to align against Redmond’s Microsoft. The group delivered a joint statement promising “Microsoft-free” desktops globally by 2009.
As people look toward more expensive computing solutions, the new alliance feels that the time is right for linux to finally break through in the desktop market. Of course, this is nothing that we haven’t heard before, and will almost assuredly hear again. IBM is providing its Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS), a software suite consisting of Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony and Lotus Sametime — clear competitors to Microsoft’s own offerings. Each linux organization will provide the OS, and the computers will be branded by whatever local IT provider brings them to market.
While no pricing structure was discussed, it was noted that a similar installation with IBM’s OCCS was implemented in Russia last year, with a suggested savings of 30-35% over similar Microsoft versions of the desktop.
<a href=http://biz.yahoo.com/iw/080805/0422227.html>Press release</a>
via <a href=http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=9570>ZDNet</a>