Big Blue's Open Client Facilitates Mixed Networks

Lora Bentley

IBM is hogging the spotlight in the open source arena again this week. PortalIT reports the company's Open Client Offering will allow users to run Mac or Linux PCs in a mixed Windows network at a much lower cost than usual.

 

Big Blue's VP of Linux and open source told CDRInfo that the company worked with Red Hat, Novell and others to write open source software that will work on Windows, Linux or Mac. The move will "chip away" at Microsoft's Windows business, not to mention lower the cost of maintaining and supporting the network, the story says.

 

To start, the Open Client software will run on 5 percent of IBM's own computers, including some operations in Brazil, India and Europe, just to name a few.



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