Red Hat Linux to Run Across IBM's New eServer Line

Red Hat and IBM demonstrated their continued interest in driving Linux toward the enterprise with a Monday announcement that Red Hat Linux will run on all of Big Blue's new eServer line of enterprise servers and with all of its Linux-enabled software.

Red Hat -- maker of one of the most widely used Linux-based operating systems -- said it entered into an agreement with IBM in August of this year to work on the joint marketing, distribution, and support for bundled IBM, Lotus Development Corp., Tivoli Systems Inc., and Red Hat software. Monday's announcement stems from this deal and marks a concerted effort on the part of both Red Hat and IBM to make Linux available for both large companies and mid-size businesses.

Previously, IBM only offered Linux on its Netfinity line of servers.

IBM launched the eServers last week and, for the first time, chose to sell all of its business computers under one brand name -- eServers. The line of enterprise machines break up into four categories: the high-end zSeries, the Unix-based pSeries, the mid-market iSeries, and the lower-end Intel-based xSeries. IBM said the eServers will support open-source code as well as Java, XML (extensible markup language), HTTP (hypertext transfer protocol), and HTML (hypertext markup language). In tandem with the server line, IBM launched its 64-bit z/OS operating system. [See "IBM Unveils New Line of Servers," Oct. 3]Red Hat released its Linux 7 server software and the Red Hat Network Internet-based service for management of open-source platforms in late September.

International Data Corp. (IDC) said that Red Hat maintains 50.2 percent of Linux market share and that an even higher percentage of U.S. Linux users favor the Durham, North Carolina-based vendor's code. IDC also claimed that Linux-based systems accounted for 24.6 percent of the sever operating system market in 1999.

Red Hat also said it made several software applications available today for IBM middleware products. The downloads can be found at http://www.redhat.com/products/software/bundles/.

IDC is owned by International Data Group Inc., the parent company of IDG News Service.

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