SOURCE: IBM

August 09, 2005 15:00 ET

IBM Expands Linux Support for Collaborative Software With New IBM® Workplace™ Offerings

Firefox Browser Support for IBM's Web Client and a New Plug-in for IBM Workplace Managed Client™ Are Part of IBM's Planned $100 Million Investment in Workplace Offerings on Linux

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 9, 2005 -- LinuxWorld -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it has expanded Linux support across its collaborative software portfolio with new IBM Workplace offerings. This new Linux support is part of IBM's planned $100 million investment to Workplace software for the Linux platform and will provide customers with a broader choice in collaborative solutions while helping to manage costs and increase flexibility through cross-platform support.

As part of today's announcements, IBM is introducing new browser-based messaging software with support for the Firefox 1.0.X browser, and new software that will integrate Lotus® Notes® access into IBM Workplace Managed Client. Additionally, an IBM Business Partner, Ericom, has announced a new Linux-based plug-in for IBM Workplace Managed Client. These new solutions run on many computing platforms, including Linux, and provide additional choices for customers looking for a client-side Linux solutions.

Specific details on today's announcement include:

--  Lotus Domino® Web Access on Firefox 1.0.X -- IBM's browser-based,
    Web messaging client will support the Firefox 1.0.X browser. Lotus Domino
    Web Access allows users to access Lotus Domino functionality, including e-
    mail, calendaring and scheduling, replication and business applications,
    anywhere they can find an Internet connection. Already supporting the
    Mozilla browser, the next version of Domino Web Access will add support for
    the Firefox Web browser, which has been downloaded more than 75 million
    times according to Mozilla.org. By adding support for Firefox 1.0.X, Lotus
    Domino Web Access joins IBM Workplace Managed Client -- IBM's Eclipse-
    based, server-managed client -- as part of IBM's client-side Linux offering
    for meeting the growing demand for additional client options for Linux
    desktop customers.
    
--  Lotus Notes "plug-in" for Linux -- The Lotus Notes plug-in will
    further integrate Lotus Notes and Domino into the Workplace family of
    products. With a simple "double-click," Linux desktop customers can access
    their Lotus Notes and Domino system and seamlessly run existing Lotus Notes
    and Domino applications in the Workplace Managed Client environment,
    including those running on Linux. This provides customers with flexibility
    to create and deploy Lotus Notes and Workplace Managed Client applications
    in any combination to meet their specific business needs, as well as access
    them from a Linux desktop system.
    
--  Ericom Software's PowerTerm WebConnect for IBM Workplace Software --
    Ericom is introducing a Workplace Managed Client plug-in, which will enable
    Linux desktop users to access applications running on Windows Terminal
    Servers, Linux and legacy systems, and can help accelerate the adoption of
    Linux desktop technology. Ericom's plug-in for the Workplace Managed Client
    will provide users with single sign-on access to multiple enterprise
    applications -- including many types of applications that are not offered
    on the Linux platform, such as any Windows application -- and deliver them
    within a single, manageable portal environment. Additionally, it provides
    access to any document, of any file format, from within IBM Workplace
    software on a Linux desktop. As a server-provisioned solution, PowerTerm
    WebConnect preserves access to legacy applications and allows Windows and
    Linux applications to coexist, providing customers with a smooth transition
    period as they migrate from Windows to Linux on the desktop.
    
"The market continues to look for new ways to extend the performance and cost benefits of Linux to the client side, and these three new offerings add to the line-up of technology customers can use to build the front end of their Linux computing solution," said Ken Bisconti, vice president, Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Software, IBM. "We're especially pleased that Ericom has developed a plug-in for Workplace Managed Client that can run on Linux, and we're looking forward to additional members of the IBM Business Partner community exploring the opportunity to build Linux-based plug-ins for Workplace Managed Client."

As a leader in the market for collaborative software, IBM continues to invest and develop software solutions for customers expanding their use of Linux for both IBM Lotus and IBM Workplace software. In an effort to meet a growing need for Linux-based collaboration software, IBM has contributed significant resources to expand the role of Linux in enterprise software and plans to continue to expand Linux options that help benefit our customers.

"We are very excited to be teaming with IBM, and proud to be one of the first of IBM's partners to provide a plug-in for their Workplace Managed Client. This solution demonstrates the complementary role IBM and Ericom play in providing an enhanced desktop environment enabling corporate users to access, collaborate and share enterprise applications and documents," said Ericom Founder and CEO Eran Heyman. "By integrating PowerTerm WebConnect into IBM's Workplace offering, corporate users are empowered with enhanced access to their business-critical applications running on multiple platforms."

Lotus Domino Web Access support for Firefox 1.0.X and Ericom Software's PowerTerm WebConnect plug-in for IBM Workplace Managed Client are currently planned to be available in Q305. The IBM Lotus Notes plug-in for Linux is currently planned to be available in beta format in Q305 and is currently planned to be generally available in 1H of 2006.

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