IBM Linux announcements on tap

IBM hopes to build the market for its Linux-based Netfinity servers with several announcements planned for next week's Linux World Conference & Expo being held here in San Jose.

Michael Riegel, IBM's global executive for e-business and Linux, said the company will announce the following:

--That it will work with SAP to certify the enterprise resource planning vendor's applications for Linux on IBM Netfinity servers. IBM is helping SAP port its R/3 software to Linux. The port is due to be completed before year's end.

--That the British insurer Hill House Hammond will roll out 290 Netfinity servers running Linux to its branch offices and headquarters.

--A new Netfinity model, the 3500, is certified that it will run the four major Linux distributions from Red Hat Software Inc., Caldera Systems Inc., TurboLinux and SuSe. The server, intended for entry-level users, includes up to two 600-MHz Pentium processors.

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