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21 October 2009, 17:23

IBM and Canonical offer desktop package in the US

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IBM and Canonical, founder and sponsor of the Ubuntu project, have announced that they will be introducing a "cloud and Linux-based desktop package" in the US. The package, initially intended for "emerging markets", was originally launched in Africa on the 24th of September. According to IBM, the company is launching it in the US based on customer feedback and received demand. IBM's package consists of an Ubuntu or Red Hat based system running one of IBM's Lotus productivity and collaboration software suites.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and CEO of Canonical said "Canonical is proud to partner with IBM to help open up the American corporate desktop through Ubuntu," - "IBM's smart client package running on Ubuntu will allow US organisations the financial freedom to redistribute the costs of expensive software licenses into IT projects that will innovate and drive critical growth."

According to IBM, the IBM Client for Smart Work can help companies save up to 50 per cent per PC workstation compared to running a Windows-based system. The US version of the package is intended to be used on a company's existing computers, including thin clients and netbooks.

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