IBM issues tools to encourage Linux take-up

IBM has released a free Software Evaluation Kit for Linux to developers in a bid to boost the acceptance of Linux among users

IBM has released a free Software Evaluation Kit for Linux to developers in a bid to boost the acceptance of Linux among users

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.

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