IBM releases Linux software for business users

In keeping with its recent investment in Linux applications, IBM Corp. has announced the release of two new open-source packages for high-powered computers running the Linux operating system. The new software is aimed at further enabling Linux for mainstream business uses, IBM said in a statement Thursday.

The releases are:

- Version 1.0 of JFS (Journaled File System) for Linux, which helps manage extremely large disk configurations and enables file recovery after a power outage or crash- Version 1.0 of NGPT (Next Generation POSIX Threading), which helps enable multithreading, or the operation of simultaneous processes on systems with multiple CPUs (central processing units)IBM also said it will support the Linux Test Project, which is aimed at developing a suite of automated testing tools for Linux, as well as publishing test results. IBM is joining forces with Silicon Graphics Inc. and the nonprofit Open Source Development Lab to develop an open-source test suite for electronic commerce applications, the company said.

Big Blue is putting big money behind its vocal support for Linux. The company has so far committed to spending some US$1.3 billion on Linux development and support.

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