The kit comes with a variety of IBM software tools designed for the Linux and Windows operating systems including Universal Database, WebSphere application server and Lotus Domino.
IBM has also made available a beta version of its WebSphere Studio Workbench software for Linux on its Web site. The product is designed to help software developers integrate self-made Linux tools with existing Linux-centred tools from IBM.
Such development aids could encourage users to run the operating system, which is primarily installed on smaller servers, on high-end systems currently running Unix.
"Linux can be adapted to just about anything out there," said Irving Wladawsky-Berger, vice president of technology and strategy in IBM's Server Group.