Someone asked me offline if I was "surprised" by the Ubuntu announcement last week.  Far from it, I wanted to say something weeks ago (but obviously couldn't), when a meme was going around about how important it is to be supporting a "free" Linux distribution.  I'm excited by adding another to the list.

In an announcement this week at the Lotusphere 2008 conference in Orlando, IBM said that it will provide full support for Ubuntu Linux with Lotus Notes 8.5 and Lotus Symphony using its Open Collaboration Client software, which is based on open standards.

Antony Satyadas, chief competitive marketing officer for IBM Lotus, said the Ubuntu support for Notes and Symphony were a direct response to demand from customers. Lotus Notes 8.0.1 has limited support for Ubuntu Linux, but customers have asked for broader capabilities, he said. ...

Mark Murphy, vice president of alliances at Canonical Ltd., the commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, said in a statement that the availability of Notes and Symphony for use with Ubuntu will be a "win for customers everywhere. Canonical is committed to bringing the best available productivity tools to its users on an open platform. Ubuntu users will now have an outstanding choice with Lotus Notes, while businesses will have a great choice with Lotus Domino. From a technical viewpoint, we are impressed how Lotus leverages the Eclipse platform to build and deliver rich client applications. This is an exciting development for Ubuntu users, too."
Link: Computerworld: Lotus Notes 8.5 to fully support Ubuntu Linux 7.10 in mid-2008 >

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