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IBM adds Ubuntu desktop to lineup

By   |  December 5, 2008

IBM and Canonical yesterday announced a virtualised software bundle with Lotus desktop applications running on top of Ubuntu Linux.

The pair of companies say that the Ubuntu-based system is far cheaper than running Microsoft’s Office suite on conventional Windows PCs.

The release¬† the latest salvo in IBM’s ongoing battle to break Microsoft’s stranglehold on the desktop.

The virtualised system runs multiple Ubuntu desktops from a Linux-based server.

The system is based on Virtual Enterprise Remote Desktop Environment from virtual Bridges and runs Ubuntu Linux. It will run IBM’s Open Collaboration Client Solution software based on IBM Lotus Symphony, IBM Lotus Notes and Lotus applications. IBM Lotus Symphony is built on the open source office suite.

Others talking about this: Computer World, ZDNet

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2 Responses to “IBM adds Ubuntu desktop to lineup”

  1. Obnoxio The Clown
    December 5th, 2008 @ 10:11 am

    While I can appreciate why people would want to have something backed by IBM, it’s just a pity that it’s wrapped around Lotus Notes, which has a hideous user interface, is slow and clunky, eats memory like it’s being paid to and whose office suite is way behind Open Office 3.0.

    If the solution was based on Thunderbird and OpenOffice, I’d find it much more appealing.

  2. Vwbond
    December 5th, 2008 @ 6:05 pm

    I completely agree with “The Clown” above. Lotus Notes is a straight memory hog. Open Office is outstanding hands down.

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