IBM is releasing a free application developers kit for creating Linux ebusiness applications as part of its effort to promote Linux use among small and medium-sized businesses.
The scheme, which will be unveiled at LinuxWorld in New York, also consists of support and marketing incentives for commercial software developers in the price conscious small business market.
Each kit distributed by IBM and Caldera Systems will contain IBM software to run on the open source operating system, including the DB2 database, Websphere application server, Lotus Domino, the IBM developer kit, and Visualage for Java.
Caldera will offer the kit with versions of its Openlinux operating system to vendors during a 120-day pilot development programme.
"Our research shows a tremendous market need for Linux applications," said Dick Sullivan, vice president of integrated solutions marketing for IBM software.
"This programme will help lower development costs and bolster the supply of new ebusiness applications for Linux. It's a great opportunity for developers, especially those targeting small businesses, to get a foothold in the Linux market."
Benoy Tamang, Caldera's vice president of marketing, said: "We want to support both corporate and independent application developers, and this initiative allows us to do that. Giving our partners easy access to key development tools enables them to take products to market much faster and more efficiently."
Developers of applications for any sized business can register for the free kit through IBM and Caldera websites: www.ibm.com/linux or www.calderasystems.com
The kit available from IBM's site is supported on both Caldera Openlinux and Red Hat Linux distributions.
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