Build to suit
In the opposite direction, if not entirely on the other end of the LinuxWorld
spectrum, are deals like the one made by IBM and Red Hat. As part of a
worldwide software agreement, Red Hat will bundle IBM's Linux-based software, IBM
announced Tuesday at LinuxWorld.
IBM will provide the software infrastructure for Red Hat Linux solutions.
Infrastructure software takes the form of IBM DB2, WebSphere, Lotus Domino,
Tivoli Framework, and IBM's Small Business Pack for Linux.
The motivation is to simplify Linux from a corporate administrator's perspective,
not always the goal of end-user advocates who are more comfortable doing the
"From an IBM perspective, this is the most significant marketing agreement
we have had in the Linux space," said Robert LeBlanc, IBM's vice president of
software. This will marry IBM's high-end technical competence with Linux's popularity,
Red Hat CTO Michael Tiemann said this will enable Linux to go from a mere
operating system to a platform for deploying enterprise class applications.