IBM will try to tempt firms with a "Microsoft-free" virtual desktop package to save them money, reports the Wall Street Journal.
IBM says it has created a complete suite of applications that run on a backroom server and which don't require Microsoft software.
The package, which is available immediately, uses the Linux operating system and a set of IBM office applications that run on thin client PCs.
The cost of the Virtual Linux Desktop will be well under the equivalent cost of running a PC with the Windows Vista OS and Office productivity suite, said IBM.
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