IBM Launches Microsoft-Free PCs

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IBM has launched a business class of PCs that do not use Microsoft’s operating system. They are installed with a Linux OS that runs IBM’s open source Lotus Symphony desktop package.

IBM says that their business machines will be cost-reducing as well due to companies not having to purchase the expensive Windows and other Microsoft licenses (since their operating system is open source). In one report, Big Blue was quoted as saying, “the system’s virtual setup affords savings of $60 to $118 per user on power and air conditioning costs, and that it will also help companies reduce IT support expenses. ‘For this virtual system, all administrative intervention is done on consolidated virtual machines in the data center through deployment of standard images,’ IBM said.

According to Information Week, “The system is designed to run in a virtual configuration, with the software stored both locally and on remote servers. IBM teamed up with Canonical and Virtual Bridges to create the offering. ‘Today’s news builds on announcements through 2008 around delivering Microsoft alternatives in conjunction with our partners,’ IBM said in a statement Thursday.”

IBM’s push into computing that leaves Microsoft out is yet again another challenge for Microsoft in what has been a tulmutous year. Apple has gained significant market share in regards to desktops and laptops in the last couple of years.


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