May 30, 2002

IBM announces support for uniform version of Linux

IBM today announced support for the new
uniform version of Linux*, known as UnitedLinux, across its broad portfolio
of key hardware, software and services offerings.
In an effort to unify the various distributions of the Linux operating
system, four of the leading distributors, Caldera, Conectiva, SuSE and
TurboLinux, joined together to create UnitedLinux. By creating a unified
version of the open source platform, UnitedLinux will make it easier for
businesses, independent hardware and software vendors, and business
partners to standardize on fewer versions of Linux, instead of porting
e-business applications to a variety of different Linux distributions,
which can be time-consuming and costly.

IBM will also continue to support Red Hat Linux across its key hardware,
software and services offerings.

"IBM fully supports this new, UnitedLinux, which will make it easier than
ever before to create a wide variety of Linux-based solutions for any size
e-business," said Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive,
IBM Software Group. "UnitedLinux brings together the best technologies and
capabilities of these four companies, delivering a single international
Linux distribution that will make it simpler for solution providers to
utilize and customers to deploy. Our support for UnitedLinux spans our
entire Linux software, hardware, and services portfolio -- already the
broadest in the industry -- giving our customers and business partners what
they need to move more business workloads onto Linux."

For additional information regarding IBM and its longstanding commitment to
Linux, please visit: www.ibm.com/linux.

About IBM

With 80 years of leadership in helping businesses innovate, IBM is the
world's largest information technology company. IBM is a leading provider
of e-business solutions and is dedicated to helping companies, Business
Partners and developers leverage the potential of the Internet and network
computing across a wide range of businesses and industries. The company
offers a host of cross-industry and industry specific solutions designed to
meet the needs of growing companies. For more information, visit
http//www.ibm.com.

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