Hey look!  After years of being asked "where is it", it's coming!  Later today at Linuxworld, IBM is announcing a Linux version of the Lotus Sametime server.  Scheduled release: first half, 2007.  Plans are to run on Red Hat and SUSE.  Combine this with the already-announced plan for Lotus Sametime 7.5 client to run on Linux, and IBM becomes the first major vendor to offer a complete, extensible real-time collaboration solution (IM, chat, presence, and web conferencing) for Linux.

There's been a lot of hue and cry in the few weeks, saying that IBM isn't listening, so it's good to be able to say, "see, IBM is listening to the market".  Like a Notes client on Linux, the answer was first "no never" and now has become "yes because you asked for it".  I should have other (albeit less significant) similar news sometime this week.

As I'm traveling on Monday, I won't be able to update this post often.  Watch Adam Gartenberg's blog for all the latest on this announcement and a link to the press release.

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