IBM and Canonical team up against Windows 7

IBM and Canonical, the commercial entity behind Ubuntu Linux, on Tuesday are launching a combined cloud and Linux desktop package designed for Netbooks and low-end PCs.
For those of us still waiting for Linux to hit the desktop, this type of packaging may be exactly how the move from Windows starts to pick up steam.

The IBM Client for Smart Work was first launched in South Africa in September and was initially geared toward emerging markets. IBM found that there was strong interest in the U.S. and other markets that had aging PC infrastructure and little desire for continued Windows upgrades.

The U.S. version of the package contains a number of IBM products including word processing and spreadsheets via Lotus Symphony, e-mail via Lotus Notes or LotusLive iNotes, and collaboration tools from As with the previously launched initiative, the package runs on Ubuntu Linux.

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  1. hessmo says:

    I love that IBM is teaming up with Ubuntu on this, I always ran ubuntu on my thinkpad, but promoting the lotus notes and email programs could possibly be the worst thing in the world for them to do.

    Lotus notes and email are two of the worst programs that I have ever used, regardless of the platform. I am forced to use the email system at work and I hate it, slow, locks up all the time, and very unintuitive.

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