These two press releases just hit the wire...you'll want to read them both, they're much longer than I can quote here.

"The Linux World Builds SMB Market Opportunity With Software Appliances From Lotus Foundations and ISVs":

The new developments include a preconfigured version of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 from Novell in Lotus Foundations and a toolkit that opens new opportunities for Domino software vendors (ISVs) to deliver their applications on a software appliance to the smallest businesses. IBM is also announcing a new strategy -- the ISV Software Appliance Initiative -- designed to enable a wide range of ISVs to deliver Linux software appliances to mid-market customers.

From Novell to local software firms, the Linux community is building a broader market around IBM's new computing appliance, Lotus Foundations Start, girding for the battle to liberate small businesses from Microsoft's proprietary Small Business Server.  ...

Some will also find appealing use of an operating system that eliminates the frequent concerns over glitches, patches, crashes and security that small businesses continually experience with Microsoft Windows. SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 is the first operating system preloaded and preconfigured in Lotus Foundations.

"IBM, Canonical/Ubuntu, Novell, Red Hat to Deliver Microsoft-Free Desktops Worldwide":
For the first time, IBM (NYSE: IBM) and leading Linux distributors Canonical/Ubuntu, Novell and Red Hat will join forces globally with their hardware partners to deliver Microsoft-free personal computing choices with Lotus Notes and Lotus Symphony in the one billion-unit desktop market worldwide by 2009. ...

The four leaders are working with their local business partners in markets around the world to build and distribute a pre-loaded PC offering that features IBM's Open Collaboration Client Solution (OCCS) including Lotus Notes, Lotus Symphony and Lotus Sametime; the Linux operating system of each distributor; and software applications and installation services from the local partners in each market.
Also,
Canonical, which sells subscription support for Ubuntu, a Linux operating system that scores high marks on usability and "the cool factor," will re-distribute Lotus Symphony via their repositories. Symphony 1.1 will be available through the Ubuntu repositories by the end of August. General availability will coincide with the Lotus Symphony 1.2 release expected to be available by the end of October 2008.
Cool stuff...hopefully, again, you're seeing the more aggressive stance that was in last week's press releases as well.

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