Veteran software vendor Progress continued to deliver on its plans for Linux last week with the release of flagship products for the embryonic operating system.
The deal, which centres on the Linux flavour from Red Hat, ensures Linux versions of the Progress embedded database, version 8.3 and WebSpeed version 2.1 will be available.
The vendor also plans to eventually make future versions of the products and the Apptivity and SonicMQ series of deployment software available on Linux by the end of the year.
John Dootson, technical consultant at consultancy company Computer Applications, claimed the partnership is likely to "make a good combination, especially if Linux takes off as much as everyone is predicting".
Dootson said: "Progress's support will provide a huge shot in the arm for Linux because the Progress channel has a significant amount of application software experience.
"It all adds to Linux's credibility and it is a combination which should appeal to a number of customers."In May 1999, Progress announced plans to provide a Linux version of its 4GL database. Justin Wright, Progress's UK managing director, claimed customers had been asking for products based around the operating system.
Dave Ireland, general manager at Progress, claimed the firm's support for Linux ensured that its partners are "well positioned to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding market."
Progress said the announcement ensures that at least 5,000 business applications can now be ported to Linux through the company's 2000 independent software vendors around the world.
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