IBM Promotes Ubuntu-Based Cloud Solution in U.S.

Oct 21, 2009

To coincide with the Windows 7 launch, IBM issued a press release yesterday promoting its Ubuntu-based IBM Client for Smart Work solution.

The IBM Client for Smart Work, a software collection for and with Ubuntu, has been around for a year. More recently, IBM announced that they will try for a foothold in the African market for the solution.

IBM's most recent press release, out just in time for Ubuntu's fifth birthday, reemphasizes Smart Work's advantages and especially its significantly lower costs compared to a Windows 7 solution.

As quoted from the press release, "Independent market estimates range up to $2,000 for the cost of migrating to the Windows 7 operating system for many PC users. New PC hardware requirements account for a significant portion of the added expense." And to make IBM's intentions perfectly clear, "The IBM Client for Smart Work package, launched September 24 in Africa, was initially designed for emerging markets but sparked calls for the solution in the U.S. The U.S. version is arriving in time to help companies avoid the higher licensing, hardware upgrades and migration costs associated with Microsoft Windows 7."

Details on the Client for Smart Work plan are on IBM's webpage. The Ubuntu webpage also includes download instructions.

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