IBM has unveiled a range of Linux testing tools and support for independent software vendors (ISVs) in a bid to bolster the number of Linux applications on its eServer hardware.
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The package, known as "Chiphopper", was launched at this week’s LinuxWorld in Boston in collaboration with IBM Linux partners Red Hat and Novell.
Chiphopper allows ISVs to build Linux application which are able to operate across the entire IBM eServer product line, from entry-level x86-based servers, blades and clusters, and Power-based servers to Linux on the mainframe.
In conjunction with Chiphopper IBM announced the availability of three ISV special development areas for Linux as part of its PartnerWorld Industry Networks programme.
The special development areas are designed to serve as a one-stop source for ISVs to help their customers migrate to Linux, and will focus on three areas: Sun Solaris to Linux; Microsoft Windows to Linux; and one specifically for Chiphopper.
IBM also unveiled new sales and marketing resources specifically designed to help ISVs market and sell their Linux solutions to specific industry segments.