IBM Is Sweetening the Linux Pot
TurboLinux and IBM have struck a global distribution and support agreement that enables TurboLinux to offer its customers IBM's entire Linux software line.TurboLinux and IBM have struck a global distribution and support agreement that enables TurboLinux to offer its customers IBMs entire Linux software line. Specifically, TurboLinux will sell and support such products as DB2, WebSphere, Lotus Domino, Tivoli Framework and IBMs Small Business Suite for Linux. This is not the first such deal, though. IBM made similar arrangements with Red Hat in August and with SuSE in October.
These deals have two purposes, insiders say. One is to push IBM business software into the Linux market. The other is to sweeten the deal for IBMs Linux partners, because some of them have felt that theyre not getting enough for their efforts to bring Linux to IBMs high-end server and mainframe lines.