For developers, IBM has a Speed-start Your Linux App program as well as a Linux Zone on the IBM developerWorks site. "Thats one of the most popular areas on our developerWorks site," Jollans said. "And Linux is a main focus of our ISV porting centers around the world." IBM will introduce a new packaged solution consisting of hardware and software for sale through partners.The offerings, set for delivery this quarter, will be targeted at businesses in the retail, finance, manufacturing, government and industrial markets, IBM officials said. And the solutions will include disk storage and start at less than $4,000, they said. Meanwhile, IBM will announce Version 2.1 of the Eclipse platform. One key feature of Eclipse 2.1 is new support for Mac OS. Other new features in Eclipse 2.1 include workbench navigation enhancements, user-set key bindings, new support for the Apache Ant build tool and flexible project layouts, officials said. The Eclipse editor and debugger have also been improved, they said. "Were now up to 7 million downloads of Eclipse," Jollans said. The Eclipse consortium now consists of 34 members, and more than 260 Eclipse-oriented projects have been recognized by Eclipse.org, the company said. Also this week, Eclipse.org is expected to announce that the Hyades project, a project to automate software quality that is being led by Scapa Technologies Inc., will release an open-source implementation of the Unified Modeling Language 2 Test Profile specification (U2TP), which was submitted to the Object Management Group last month. The U2TP is scheduled for OMG approval as a standard in June, OMG officials said.
The new IBM Integrated Platform Express will enable resellers, ISVs and other partners to deliver business applications on top of an integrated hardware and software offering consisting of IBMs WebSphere Application Server-Express and DB2-Express and the IBM eServer x225, x235 or x345 systems, the company said.
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