Computer Associates (CA) will give away its Unicenter TNG systems management application suite ‘licence free’ to Linux users in a bid to boost the emerging operating system’s installed base.
CA hopes to ship four million copies of the new Linux version of Unicenter TNG within 12 months, and will provide the licence free for a 90 day period, although a maintenance contract must be agreed.
Yogesh Gupta, senior vice president of the CA’s product strategy, said when launching the product at the CA World user group meeting in New Orleans on Tuesday: “The Linux market appears to be in the same stage the NT market was five years ago. We see Linux going forward having a tremendous opportunity. Who knows where it will go.”
Ken Farber, CA’s senior vice president of worldwide alliances, added: “Linux as it becomes more successful is going to need the same type of management tools for the enterprise as any other operating system supported by CA.”
In addition to Unicenter TNG for Linux, CA has also launched a Linux version of its Ingres II relational database that will ship in the fourth quarter of this year, and a Linux version of its Web management system, Master IT.
While the software giant said it would make more announcements about Linux versions of other popular products over the coming months, Gupta shyed away from disclosing whether this would include its object database, Jasmine.
IDC predicts that commercial Linux shipments will grow at a compound annual rate of 25 per cent through 2003 compared with a 12 per cent growth rate for all other operating systems combined.
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