IBM/Lotus, Canonical/Ubuntu, and your Linux desktop

Today IBM and Canonical announced the next phase of their program to deliver Lotus desktop- and cloud-based software to users running on Ubuntu Linux. Here are a few links that sum up the announcement:

IBM and Canonical Launch Linux- and Cloud-based Desktop Software in the U.S.

Today IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Canonical are introducing a cloud- and Linux-based desktop package in the U.S. designed for use on a company’s existing fleet of personal computers (PCs) or even low-cost netbooks. …

IBM and Canonical expect to enlist hundreds of partners to offer the IBM Client for Smart Work in the U.S. in 2010. The current partner ecosystem includes regional systems integrators, ZSL and CSS Corp; virtual desktop provider, Virtual Bridges, and its distributors, Midas Networks and KalariSys; and several online, vertical industry businesses. IBM is also targeting the education market by collaborating with university faculty through the IBM Academic Initiative. …

This software bundle can also be extended to cloud and virtual desktop infrastructures using VERDE software from Virtual Bridges. Several companies have already customized the IBM Client as a virtualized desktop offering based on VERDE.

IBM tries to woo business customers from Windows 7

So IBM and Linux distributor Canonical today rolled out a Linux-based system aimed squarely at the U.S. companies Microsoft is trying to sign up for Windows 7. The IBM-Canonical offering is designed for use on a company’s existing fleet of PCs and on low-cost netbooks.

IBM has also equipped a platoon of value added resellers – the tech sales companies that woo IT buyers – with an arsenal of polished pitches …

IBM and Canonical team up against Windows 7
CNet / Dave Rosenberg

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.

IBM & Canonical to launch Ubuntu desktop for business
ComputerWorld / Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols

Some vertical businesses have already embraced this plan. will provide access to real estate property assessment information to its agents with the IBM Client for Smart Work starting in January 2010. “Our partnership with IBM and Canonical will allow us to offer the real estate industry’s best agent workspace,” said Padma Kumar Nair,’s president and CEO, in a statement.

IBM, Ubuntu Cloud Collaboration Package Seeks to Cut Down Microsoft Windows 7
eWeek / Clint Boulton

IBM Client for Smart Work includes the free word processing, spreadsheets, presentations from IBM Lotus Symphony; e-mail from IBM Lotus Notes or the company’s new LotusLive iNotes cloud-based e-mail application, which starts at $3 per user per month; and the social networking and collaboration tools, which cost $10 per user per month.

These applications will run on Canonical’s Ubuntu open-source Linux distribution for desktops, laptops, netbooks and servers.

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