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Sametime Server on Linux


As LinuxWorld gets under way today, I am very pleased to be able to say that we are committing to deliver a Sametime server that runs on Linux.  

OK, I know, let's get this out of the way.  Ready?  Say it all together:  "Finally!!!"  There - feel better?  Now, as I was saying...


Based on the many customers and Business Partners that I've spoken to while in this role, I'm pretty confident that this will be a well received announcement.  Well, that and the fact that it's been a rare Lotusphere/Lotusphere Comes to You/Business Partner Session where one of the questions - if not the first - isn't "When will we have a Sametime server on Linux?"

I have personally spoken to many companies, ranging from under a hundred users to over 100,000, who are looking for this - who are saying that they've had Domino running on Linux for a while, but can't get rid of their Windows box(es) because of Sametime.  These are people - and I'm guessing given the growth of Linux deployments, there will be more and more of them - who are looking for a more secure, more cost effective, more reliable platform on which to run their enterprise.  And I'm very glad that we can now say that we're bringing Sametime to that table.  

And, of course, let's not overlook that we will very shortly be releasing a full Sametime client for Linux, as well.

We will have more details to share over the coming months on exactly when the Sametime server on Linux will be available (right now, we're expecting mid-2007), and whether it will be Sametime 7.5 or Sametime Next that will be available on Linux.  Just be assured that we'll have it.  (Oh, and since I'm sure the supported platform question will come up pretty quickly, we're looking at Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server, with the specific versions we will support being determine closer to availability.)

I'll post a link to the press release and ongoing coverage as it becomes available.

Update:
 The press release can be found here (or here on ibm.com).  Please see the post above for ongoing coverage.