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IBM offers open-source software collections

Big Blue announces packages that combine servers, server softwaren and Suse.

IBM plans to announce on Monday new packages that combine its servers, server software and Novell's Suse Linux Enterprise Server for small and medium-size businesses. The bundles, called the Integrated Stack for Linux, include the open-source operating system along with free entry-level IBM server software products: the Community Edition of WebSphere Application Server and the DB2 Express-C version.

Big Blue is announcing the products in conjunction with the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo. In addition, it's announcing that it's achieved a new security certification under the internationally recognized Common Criteria program. running on IBM servers now has met evaluation assurance level 4+ for the Controlled Access Protection Profile, the company said.