CEBIT: Heavyweights Offer Linux Support

Alone and with partners, IT-industry heavyweights were falling over themselves here to announce their support for Linux, both in providing the necessary hardware and offering software support for the open-source operating system.

Alone and with partners, IT-industry heavyweights were falling over themselves here to announce their support for Linux, both in providing the necessary hardware and offering software support for the open-source operating system.

The following companies were among those jumping on the Linux bandwagon:

-- Siemens AG's computer division, Siemens Computer Systems, today said it will offer customers support, maintenance and training for Linux at its computer competence centers. Siemens is also working closely with German Linux distributor S.u.S.E. Holding AG to certify both servers and clients for Linux, Siemens said in a statement. For its part, Nuremberg, Germany-based S.u.S.E also announced that it would support Linux running on Siemens Celsius workstations and Primergy servers.

Siemens is also working closely with software partners such as SAP AG, Oracle Corp., Informix and Sybase to ensure that their applications will be ready to run on Siemens Primergy servers and Celsius Workstations where Linux is deployed, the company said. (Siemens AG, in Munich and Berlin, can be reached at +49-89-234-0 or at http://www.siemens.de/.)

-- SAP, which expects to release its enterprise resource planning software, R/3, on Linux by the third quarter, also made a rash of Linux-related announcements yesterday. A handful of industry players, including Compaq Computer Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp., Informix Corp. and Siemens AG, will help it port R/3 to Linux. (SAP, based in Walldorf, Germany, can be reached at +49-6227-747474 or on the World Wide Web at http://www.sap.com/.)

-- Informix Corp., which several months ago launched a database based on Linux, said that SAP's R/3 will be available on its Informix's Dynamic Server, Linux Edition Suite. Once general availability is announced, a bundle of SAP R/3 and Informix Dynamic Server called Linux Edition Suite will be available through traditional SAP distribution channels, the company said. (Informix, in Menlo Park, California, can be reached at +1-650-926-6300 or at http://www.informix.com/.)

-- German electronic commerce firm Intershop Communications GmbH also said here that it would support Red Hat Inc.'s 5.2 Linux operating system. Intershop offers e-commerce ranging from online catalogs to enterprise solutions. The company expects the Linux offering to especially benefit small and mid-tier Internet service providers that already use Linux for their hosting services, Intershop said in a statement. (Intershop, in Jena, Germany and San Francisco, can be reached at +49-03641-894-26 or at http://www.Intershop.com/.)

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