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[News] IBM Pressured to Bring GNU/Linux to Desktops in the West

  • Subject: [News] IBM Pressured to Bring GNU/Linux to Desktops in the West
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2009 09:58:39 +0100
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IBM markets Linux to Africa. Why not the U.S?

,----[ Quote ]
| Personally I think both IBM and Canonical are moving far 
| too slow and aren't thinking big enough. While I 
| understand that it can take time to develop marketing and 
| support services, the partners have had more than a year 
| to put this together.
| While I understand that Africa might be an easier entry 
| point for the Linux notebook, the global recession is 
| affecting every nation. The need for low cost, standards 
| based solutions that IBM and Ubuntu are proposing for 
| Africa is needed in every corner of the world.


IBM, Canonical and Partners Launch Cloud- and Linux-based Netbook Software in Africa


Bob Sutor - Here are your "Dead Ends"

,----[ Quote ]
| Wake up man...Desktop Linux IS important and viable...you 
| just can't make any money from it. So a rag-tag bunch of 
| people who care do the work, at least part of it, that you 
| should be doing. In my opinion anyway.
| Hey! I have an idea! Why don't you guys take some of that 
| profit (fully tax deductable of course) and help me get 
| these 500 + computers connected to the Internet so those 
| kids can compete and grow.
| Oh never mind...I forgot who I was talking to for a 
| second...
| Silly me.



IBM and Canonical partner on software package for Africa

,----[ Quote ]
| The Wall Street Journal broke the story this morning of a
| partnership between IBM and Canonical to provide a software
| package for users of netbooks and other thin clients in
| Africa. The package, which can be configured in several ways
| to provide both netbook-based and cloud-based software, is
| expected to drive new business for local partners by taking
| advantage of open standards, file sharing, email, and social
| network capabilities.


IBM Markets Wares to Africa

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| International Business Machines Corp. will try to sell a new
| package of low-priced computer desktop applications to
| companies and governments in Africa, challenging Microsoft
| Corp. and other rivals in the region.
| IBM, which has been pushing into developing markets like
| Africa and Asia as mature markets slow, said the package --
| which includes basic programs like word processing and email
| -- would be made available to customers via remote "cloud
| computing" facilities, meaning users could access the programs
| from the Web. It would cost $10 per month per user, and can
| run on so-called netbook computers, or low-cost PCs priced
| around $300.
| IBM is working in collaboration with London-based Canonical
| Ltd., which makes Linux software and was started in South
| Africa.

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