IBM to roll out Linux-only pSeries servers

Further deepening its company-wide commitment to Linux, IBM next month will roll out its first line of high-end Linux-only pSeries servers that will not be bundled with the company's AIX 5L Unix-based operating system.

Presently if corporate users wanted to use Linux on the pSeries they must do so by partitioning the system into multiple virtual servers, all of which are still managed under by AIX. IBM offered native Linux on the pSeries only as an option on lower-end models.

"We believe they will be the only Unix-dedicated servers in the industry that can run both a proprietary OS like AIX and Linux simultaneously in virtual partitions. But if you buy a pSeries you won't necessarily have to get AIX," according to an IBM spokeswoman.

The upcoming servers will also contain a number of features and capabilities from the company's Project eLiza, an IBM initiative to create self-managing, self-healing servers, including the ability to automatically respond to unexpected capacity demands, according to one source familiar with the company's plans.

Separately, Linux on the desktop will get a boost later this month when Red Hat Inc. delivers a beefed-up version of its Linux distribution, code named Limbo.

Red Hat Linux 8.0 will have a jazzier graphical interface based on Gnome 2.0 and features sportier scroll bars and menus. The new version will also contain improved versions of the Mozilla browser, the open-source version of the Office suite, and the latest version of the Evolution mail client, according to the company officials.

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