IBM Partners offer Microsoft-free PCs for E.Europe

IBM has teamed up with partners in Austria and Poland to offer Microsoft-free (MSFT.O) personal computers for the eastern European market, IBM said in a statement on Tuesday. International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) said it was offering the PCs based on the open-source Linux operating system together with Red Hat (RHT.N) software distributor VDEL of […]

IBM has teamed up with partners in Austria and Poland to offer Microsoft-free (MSFT.O) personal computers for the eastern European market, IBM said in a statement on Tuesday.

International Business Machines Corp (IBM.N) said it was offering the PCs based on the open-source Linux operating system together with Red Hat (RHT.N) software distributor VDEL of Austria and Polish distributor and services firm LX Polska in response to demand from Russian IT chiefs.

The PCs will include IBM's Lotus Symphony software based on the Open Document Format, a rival format to Microsoft's Office Open XML document format, which the latter is trying to get adopted as an ISO internationally approved standard.

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