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By Dennis Callaghan  |  Posted 2003-05-06 Print this article Print

Part of the experience will be on the Linux platform, which Conway said all PeopleSoft applications would run on. In doing so, PeopleSoft is seeking to end customers dependency on Microsoft technology. "Today the biggest dependency is on the Microsoft operating system, and Microsoft is determined to continue that dependency," Conway said.
He said that even Microsofts attempt to embrace the Internet—.Net—was toxic since it just reinforced enterprises need for Microsoft operating systems, servers, databases and development tools.
".Net is the home formula to make asbestos," said Conway, to laughter from the audience. "The answer to the death grip Microsoft has on the industry is an alternative operating system. PeopleSoft will now support Linux. All of our enterprise applications will be available on Linux," he said, to applause. "Its not because were anti-Microsoft, were not. Were pro-choice," Conway continued. "We think our customers should have a choice not to have their enterprise software on PCs." As part of the new Linux support, PeopleSoft has formed a go-to market partnership with IBM Corp. to port and optimize PeopleSofts applications to Linux running IBM hardware and software, including IBM eServer xSeries, DB2 Universal Database and WebSphere Application Server. All PeopleSoft applications will be available on Linux by the fourth quarter. PeopleSoft is also seeking to reduce enterprises dependence on middleware for connecting their applications to other applications in their environment, using its AppConnect integration technology.


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