Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Foundations on Apple Macintosh?

Real life work - the billable kind - has kept me busy for the last week but I'm starting to see a bit of light at the end of the tunnel. That gives me time to purge my blogging in-tray, including this article from a fortnight ago about how IBM is reconfiguring Lotus Foundations to run on multiple flavors of Linux. There are a few d'oh moments in the article like when they call Sametime a component of Foundations, but it was still worth the read.

Migrating Foundations to other distros is quite a logical move by IBM. Their objective is to arrange for the widest possible penetration of the Foundations suite while simultaneously eroding the Microsoft marketshare for servers. Allowing Red Hat, Ubuntu and all the other Linux flavors to host those applications opens new markets to Foundations and also gives those distros additional bragging rights when pitching for new business. In fact, this move makes sense for everyone but Microsoft ... oh darn!

The most interesting point was the statement that IBM will ship Foundations for Apple's Macintosh OS later this year but given some of the other bloopers in the article I'm not going to take that event as a sure-fire thing. Maybe IBM was just flying a kite to see how the market would react to that suggestion. Maybe the reporter just heard it wrong. The source for the quote was given as Jeff Smith, Vice President of Open Source and Linux Middleware for IBM.

We live in interesting times.

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