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IBM Chases the Corporate Desktop

IBM is once again promoting an effort aimed at putting more of its own and its partners' software--and less of Microsoft's--onto corporate desktops.

The company recently launched the Open Client Solution, an offering that lets business customers pick and choose from a set menu of components to create a full desktop suite capable of running on the Linux or Mac OS operating systems, as well as Microsoft Windows.

The available components include most Lotus Notes and Domino offerings, a word processor based on the Open Document Format, the Firefox Web browser and the Red Hat Desktop Linux Suite or the SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

IBM says any combination of the desktop components will be OS-agnostic because of the included Lotus Expediter, software that provides cross-platform compatibility.

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