IBM, Red Hat in Bundling Deal

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA (08/15/2000) - IBM Corp. on Tuesday announced at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo here that Red Hat Inc. will bundle its Linux operating system with IBM software.

Red Hat, in Research Triangle Park, N.C., will sell its software and services with Armonk N.Y.-based IBM's DB2, WebSphere Application Server, Lotus Development Corp.'s Domino, Tivoli Systems Inc., and the IBM Small Business Pack for Linux.

"This is the most significant [agreement] we've made in the Linux space," said Robert LeBlanc, vice president of IBM's software group.

Under terms of the agreement, the companies will market and distribute the combined software jointly.

"If you've got a more consistent way of installing things and a more consistent way of configuring things, that's going to cut down on support costs," said Michael Tiemann, CTO of Red Hat.

The offerings, which will be available Sept. 1, will be offered initially from Red Hat's Web site, and IBM plans to sell the solutions at its ShopIBM Web site.

This announcement expands upon the relationship that IBM and Red Hat started in early 1999, when IBM began supporting Red Hat Linux.

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