IBM on Tuesday expanded its support for Linux, and proclaimed itself to be the first vendor to offer complete Linux solutions with hardware, software and technical support.
IBM said it would offer worldwide, round the clock support for the Linux versions of Caldera Systems, Pacific HiTech, Red Hat Software and Suse.
?This is the same level of support that we offer for other major operating systems,? said Robert LeBlanc, vice president of software strategy for IBM?s Software Solutions division.
LeBlanc said the support will be available in North America starting in the second quarter, with the rest of the world to follow later this year.
IBM also released details of its Linux porting plans. The IBM Websphere Application Server for Linux, which is based on the Open Source Apache Webserver, will ship in the second quarter. Around the same time, DB2 Universal Databse will be released. IBM Host On-Demand, a Java-based terminal emulation package, will be available immediately. And On-Demand Server for Linux will start beta testing in the second quarter.
?All of our core middleware products we are moving to Linux,? said LeBlanc.
In another Linux announcement, IBM said it would work with the Linux community to port Linux to certain RS/6000 models. Last month, IBM said that it would support Linux on its Intel-based servers, workstations and notebooks.
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