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[News] IBM Chooses GNU/Linux to Advance on Desktops in the West

  • Subject: [News] IBM Chooses GNU/Linux to Advance on Desktops in the West
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 21 Oct 2009 02:38 +0100
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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IBM and Ubuntu roll Linux for U.S desktops vs Windows 7

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| A few weeks, back IBM and Canonical (the 
| lead sponsor of Ubuntu Linux) announced a 
| plan to deliver Linux desktops and software 
| to Africa. At the time, I questioned why 
| the offer wasn't being made available in 
| the U.S.


IBM's Windows 7 rival: Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| For businesses, IBM is pitching the âIBM 
| Client for Smart Workâ as a less-costly 
| alternative to a Windows 7 upgrade, 
| particularly for companies that skipped 
| Windows Vista and would be making the 
| upgrade from Windows XP. IBM cites market 
| research estimating the cost of migrating 
| to Windows 7 as high as $2,000 per user, if 
| new hardware is required as part of the 
| shift.


IBM and Canonical Launch Linux- and Cloud-based Desktop Software in the U.S.

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| The IBM Client for Smart Work 
| (http://www.ibm.com/lotus/openclient), 
| based on IBM productivity and collaboration 
| software, helps organizations save up to 50 
| percent per seat on software costs versus a 
| Microsoft-based desktop, in addition to 
| avoiding requisite hardware upgrades.  The 
| package allows companies to use their 
| existing PCs, lower-cost netbooks and thin 
| clients.


IBM & Canonical to launch Ubuntu desktop for business

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| While this far from an attempt to offer a 
| universal Linux desktop replacement for 
| Windows, it is a concerted effort to offer 
| business users an affordable Windows 
| replacement. With Windows 7 Professional 
| Upgrade listing for $199 for Vista users, 
| and XP users facing a situation where 
| buying a new PC is probably their best 
| 'upgrade' choice, the Ubuntu-powered IBM 
| Client for Smart Work may well find some 
| customers.


IBM and Canonical Launch Linux- and Cloud-based Desktop Software



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

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| 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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