IBM eclipses the penguin

IBM has unveiled plans to make $40 million worth of its software available to a recently created open source community called Eclipse.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  November 7, 2001

IBM has unveiled plans to make $40 million worth of its software available to a recently created open source community called Eclipse. The move comes as Big Blue looks to leverage past Linux investments and further the development of open-source e-business applications.

The community, which already involves more than 150 software tool suppliers, will be managed by a multi-vendor organisation and will include companies such as IBM, Merant, QSSL, Rational and Red Hat.

While those of a purist bent may see the announcement as just another attempt by vendors to ‘own’ Linux, IBM stresses that this is not the case. Instead, Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software Group, believes that the company is ushering a new era of open-source development.

"By opening up the Eclipse source code, IBM is doing for software tools what Apache did for Web application servers and what Linux did for operating systems. The broad integration of tools and middleware marks the beginning of a new era of compelling productivity gains,” he says.

He adds that Big Blue is helping businesses create, use and manage more automated and integrated e-business systems. “By adopting open-source technologies into application development, companies can more quickly adapt to rapidly changing Web technologies and business priorities, including Web services,” he says.

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