“Reviving an old feud with Microsoft’s Windows, IBM is launching Linux and Macintosh versions of its most popular software — and vowing to help other software makers do the same,” Ken Spencer Brown reports for Investor’s Business Daily.
Brown reports, “Following up on last month’s release of Linux and Mac versions of its Lotus Notes calendar program, IBM this week plans to release compatible versions of Sametime, its instant-messaging software.”
Brown reports, “The new programs — developed on an open-source platform called Eclipse — is part of a bigger strategy to cash in on the growth of Linux and other open-source software… The Eclipse Rich-Client Platform lets software makers easily create programs that run equally well on Microsoft Windows, Linux and Apple Computer (AAPL) Macintoshes. IBM created Eclipse and remains a big supporter of the Eclipse Foundation, a trade group that promotes it.”
“Eclipse isn’t the only approach to multiplatform software development. Trolltech, best known for its Linux mobile phone software, also sells a platform called Qt,” Brown reports. “Google used Qt to create the Mac version of its Earth 3-D mapping software.”
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