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IBM Uses Red Hat to Reduce Datacenter Carbon Footprint

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| Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source 
| solutions, and IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that Bank of New Zealand, a 
| subsidiary of the National Australia Bank Group, has deployed Red Hat 
| Enterprise Linux 5 on IBM System z mainframes to solve environment, space and 
| cost issues related to its datacenter. With Red Hat and IBM solutions, Bank 
| of New Zealand has significantly reduced its hardware footprint, power 
| consumption, heat and carbon emissions and costs, including an expected 20 
| percent cost reduction over the life of the platform.       



IBM Helps Businesses Cut Cost With Effective Software

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| IBM and Red Hat (News - Alert) announced a joint initiative to help clients
| change from Microsoft-based desktops to Linux-based desktops. It includes
| tools such as Red Hat's TCO calculator, diagnostic kit, best practices guide,
| no charge cost-reduction strategy engagement, and no charge proof of
| concept/pilot deployment. It also includes Red Hat's heterogeneous
| virtualization management capability for the desktop to drive cost-efficiency
| and user productivity.


IBM, Red Hat and Canonical Gang Up Against Microsoft Office

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| Lotus Symphony 1.2.1 — IBM’s open source office suite — is now available for
| Mac OS X, according to a trusted source. The release — along with IBM’s
| expanding Red Hat and Canonical partnerships –  could give Microsoft Office a
| virtual (and real-world) headache. Here’s why.


IBM discounts Power servers (again)

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| Specifically, this older machine has a $14,300 rebate if customers activate
| all eight cores in a base box. The other machines can be configured with AIX
| 5.3 or 6.1, i 6.1, or Linux, by the way. And interestingly, rebates are not
| available on 4.4 GHz Power6 cores. (Go figure. Sounds like a yield issue if
| you ask me).


Imagine a Microsoft-Free Life

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| As part of the announcement, Big Blue also claimed that in a likely
| configuration -- a full Linux suite that included Lotus Notes e-mail,
| Sametime instant messaging, and some other collaboration tools -- the entire
| set-up would cost just $258 per user -- and that's not including the labor
| and maintenance savings that would come from shifting processing from the PC
| to the server in the network settings where this product is targeted to be
| sold. That's hundreds of dollars less than a comparable Vista/Office license.



IBM wants clients to ditch Microsoft

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| TEAMING UP WITH Virtual Bridges and Ubuntu provider Canonical, IBM has
| started offering a virtual desktop package with three software components all
| sitting on one corporate server, which the firm hopes will lure customers
| away from Microsoft.


IBM takes on VMware virtual desktop

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| IBM is taking on VMware's virtual desktop infrastructure with its own Linux
| and Lotus-based virtual desktop.


IBM and Ubuntu team up for "Microsoft-free" desktops

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| A new project spearheaded by IBM aims to convince companies to
| run "Microsoft-free" virtual desktops.
| Big Blue is partnering with Ubuntu distributor, Canonical, and virtual
| desktop firm Virtual Bridges to deliver an all-in-one package for companies.


IBM Virtual Desktop Bundles Lotus, Ubuntu Linux to Freeze Out Microsoft


Would you buy a Microsoft-less desktop?

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| At the same time, because it's Linux-based, this do-it-all business desktop
| would also be cheaper to administer since almost all of the security risks
| from viruses and malware disappear along with Windows. Any fair comparison
| between one of these Linux desktops and its Windows equivalent will show that
| the Linux system will be cheaper to buy in the first place and to maintain.


Of Kids and Linux

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| LinuxWorld is planning a good old-fashioned install-fest for their San
| Francisco conference. And if you have an old PC or can bluff your way through
| an Ubuntu install, you're invited to participate. More information at
| Untangle's site, who is sponsoring the event.
| [...]
| It's a good time to be bringing it up, because IBM has announced a stronger
| push for Linux PCs.
| Now, certainly, I'm not one of those prophets who go around predicting "the
| year of Linux on the desktop". There is no such animal. That isn't how open
| source grows. Open source grows slowly, a step at a time. But inevitably.
| Once a person has seen Linux for themselves, they are cured forever of the
| FUD spread about it. One by one, household by household. And most certainly
| generation by generation.


IBM launching a platform for SMB opportunity

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| It runs on Linux and encompasses everything an SMB would need from an IT
| perspective, including e-mail and collaboration with Lotus Notes and Domino,
| file management, directory services, back-up and recovery, firewall,
| anti-virus, anti-spam and the Lotus Symphony office suite.
| “We've completely masked all the administration complexity usually associated
| with these systems so its transparent to the SMB,” said Sean Poulley,
| vice-president of online collaboration services on the IBM software
| group. “What we've also done is completely masked Linux from the end user,
| and if you don't think that's possible you've never used TiVo.”


Microsoft: NetBooks Affecting Windows Revenue

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| Matt Rosoff, an analyst with Kirkland, Wash.-based research firm Directions
| On Microsoft, said one area of concern for Microsoft is the falling
| percentage of premium priced versions of Windows versus non-premium versions,
| which could be the result of more people buying NetBooks.


IBM to offer Linux machines

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| The machines, it was announced, will come with Red Hat's Linux distro, and
| will come pre-loaded with software from IBM, including its Lotus Symphony  
| suite.


IBM, allies offer Microsoft-free PCs for E.Europe

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| International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N: Quote, Profile, Research) said
| it was offering the PCs based on the open-source Linux operating system
| together with Red Hat (RHT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) software distributor
| VDEL of Austria and Polish distributor and services firm LX Polska in
| response to demand from Russian IT chiefs.    

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