Business Objects adds support for Linux

Business Objects has released Linux versions of its business intelligence software, it said Tuesday.

Business Objects has released a version of its business intelligence software for Linux, it announced Tuesday, citing increased demand among customers for enterprise applications that run on the open-source operating system.

The company's BusinessObjects XI software is available now for Red Hat's Enterprise Linux and Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server, the company announced at the Linuxworld Conference and Expo, which is taking place this week in San Francisco. Business Objects also released Linux versions of Crystal Reports Server XI, the reporting software it acquired when it bought Crystal Decisions.

The company's software was previously available only for Windows and Unix, it said. The Linux offerings will help customers reduce their ownership costs by taking advantage of lower-cost servers and operating systems, said the company, which has dual headquarters in Paris and San Jose, California.

Business Objects is not ahead of the curve with its Linux support, however. Many of its rivals, including Cognos, Hyperion Solutions and Actuate, already offered Linux versions of at least some of their products.

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