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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-08-04 Print this article Print

In addition, HP and BEA Systems Inc. will announce next week that they have expanded their alliance to deliver comprehensive enterprise Linux solutions. "We will have a blueprint for those customers who want to deploy, say, a Web application server environment with HP and BEA and how we have integrated the offering and pretested it," Balma said.

IBM last week announced a new server, a DB2 Linux integrated clustering environment, extended Linux support for its Lotus Software divisions client and server software, as well as several key Tivoli offerings.

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"We are moving full steam ahead with Linux, which will be evident at LinuxWorld as we roll out evidence of [Linuxs] continuing momentum and proof points of maturity in mission-critical applications. This is real stuff, and customers are doing real things with Linux," said Scott Handy, director of Linux software solutions for IBM, in Somers, N.Y.

Red Hat next week will discuss a new strategy to enable Web applications development. The Raleigh, N.C., company is working with open-source organizations and developing offerings aimed at deploying and developing open-source applications, spokeswoman Leigh Day said.

SuSE will also use the show to promote its deal with Sun Microsystems Inc. under which its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0 will be preinstalled on Suns x86 Intel Corp.-based commodity server line, said Holger Dyroff, who heads SuSEs North American operations in Oakland, Calif. That deal follows a similar one between Sun and Red Hat.

SuSE also becomes a Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition source licensee and will distribute Suns Java Virtual Machine with all its Linux products. "This is the first step in our relationship with SuSE," Ann Wettersten, a Sun systems software vice president, told eWEEK, adding that software for the server will be available this fall.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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