IBM has launched a version of its Lotus Notes collaboration software available for the open source Linux operating system.
Linux users will be able to run Lotus Notes 7, which is built on open source Eclipse Foundation technology. The collaboration platform’s features include an enterprise level messaging system, rich calendaring and scheduling and expanded support for mobile users.
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The release will also allow users to run a series of Notes applications from independent software suppliers and run them on a Linux desktop.
IBM said the launch came in response to demand from Linux users and cited research from Evans Data Corporation, showing that Linux is expected to surpass Microsoft’s Windows as the primary operating system for developing applications.
Lotus Notes 7 supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4, Update 3, with support for Novell SUSE Linux Desktop For Enterprise 10 expected to be available within the next three months.
IBM is also set to use the open source Eclipse technology in the forthcoming “Hannover” version of Lotus Notes, expected to be available next year.
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