Press release

New Live DVD Released Incorporating IBM Lotus Notes and Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop

MUNICH AND STUTTGART, GERMANY

Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world’s lead-ing provider of open source solutions, and IBM Lotus today announced that the two companies have teamed together to strengthen the Linux Desktop with a new version of the Live DVD, fea-turing IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Symphony on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The bootable DVD includes Lotus Notes 8.5 Beta 1 and the integrated Lotus Symphony on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 Desktop.



With the introduction of IBM Lotus Notes 8 based on the Eclipse RCP technology, there is now a common user interface across Windows, Macintosh and Linux operating systems. When search-ing for alternatives in software and hardware, companies can now more easily manage migrations to Linux - generating ongoing IT savings and improving overall IT flexibility.



Booting a computer from the Live DVD launches Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop with Lotus Notes and the integrated Lotus Symphony. Without having to run an installation, the DVD allows users to try Red Hat Enterprise Linux Desktop and the leading collaboration solution from IBM Lotus.



The IBM Lotus Family is secure software, which allows companies to communicate with each other, collaborate and increase productivity. With IBM Lotus Notes, Domino 8 and the Web 2.0 products Lotus Connections and Lotus Quickr, IBM considerably grew sales in the second quarter of 2008. The open and free Office alternative, Lotus Symphony, has been downloaded 1.3 million times by individuals and businesses since its market launch in November 2007.



"Red Hat is one of the leading providers of open source solutions. Based on openness, flexibility and choice among IT applications, the combination of IBM Lotus Notes and IBM Lotus Sym-phony with Red Hat’s desktop solution is an optimal choice for all companies. This is an excel-lent solution for those motivated by cost-savings, rapid innovation and open standards," said An-dreas Pleschek, Lotus Software, manager of open client sales IOT North-East Europe and Ger-many, IBM Germany.



"Large and small companies want to be able to flexibly deploy Linux and open source in mixed IT infrastructures, without compromising efficiency and convenience. That flexibility is offered with use of the Lotus portfolio and particularly Lotus Notes, as a collaboration solution. To sat-isfy increasing demand among our customers, IBM Lotus and Red Hat jointly developed this compelling offer," said Sebastian Siegert, partner manager for IBM EMEA at Red Hat.



The Live DVD can be downloaded from http://www.europe.redhat.com/mktg/LotusonRedHat/index.php.



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