IBM-Ubuntu Package Offers Alternative To Windows 7

IBM and Canonical have introduced a desktop computing package for enterprise PCs, laptops and low-cost netbooks. Called the IBM Client for Smart Work, the new cloud-based computing platform integrates IBM productivity and collaboration software with Canonical’s Ubuntu operating system.

IBM Client for Smart Work will enable companies to use their existing PCs, lower-cost netbooks, and thin clients while saving up to 50 percent per seat on licensing costs compared to using a Microsoft-based desktop, an IBM spokesperson said. What’s more, companies can expect hardware savings by not having to upgrade to the requirements for Windows 7.

« If a company is a ‘Windows shop,’ at some point it will need to evaluate the significant costs of migrating its base to Microsoft’s next desktop, » said IBM Lotus Software General Manager Bob Picciano. IBM Client for Smart Work « can help them free up PC expenses to use for more strategic collaboration and business transformation projects. »

Creating Something Better

According to Gartner, the cost of migrating to Windows 7 from Windows 2000 or XP can range upward to nearly $2,000 for PC users. Moreover, the hardware requirements for Windows 7 will add significantly to the cost of switching to Microsoft’s new OS.

However, a recent analysis of more than 450,000 corporate PCs by Softchoice found that 88 percent support the minimum requirements for Windows 7. So enterprises will need to evaluate which company areas make the best economic sense for IBM Client for Smart Work deployments.

« Instead of positioning the IBM client as a ‘drop-in’ replacement for the status-quo desktop, IBM is looking to create something better — focused on usability, openness and security with a path to cloud computing — in market segments that make sense, » said IBM Software Vice President Bob Sutor.

IBM Client for Smart Work offers open-standards-based components such as Canonical’s Linux-based Ubuntu platform for…

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