IBM has announced that its Lotus Sametime real-time collaboration software will in future run with open source operating system Linux.
Linux support for the software will be introduced in two stages. A Linux desktop client for Lotus Sametime is expected to be launched later this month in Lotus Sametime 7.5. Support for the Linux server is expected in the first half of next year.
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The move is pitched particularly at small and medium sized businesses, which are showing increasing interest in the open source Linux platform.
Lotus Sametime support for Linux will offer businesses the software’s instant messaging and Web conferencing capabilities, while running the desktop and server environment of their choice.
The announcement follows IBM’s launch last month of version of Lotus Notes for Linux users.
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