IBM, the loudest backer of the Linux operating system, plans to announce Monday that its business partners added more than 300 software packages in 2003 that run on a foundation of Big Blue's WebSphere e-commerce software and its iSeries midrange servers. Among the new software packages is S2 Systems' OpeN/2 software for processing electronic payment transactions.
IBM's iSeries systems, which use the same Power processors as its pSeries Unix line, are best known for running the OS/400 operating system. Adding the ability to run Linux expands the potential pool of software considerably because a wide variety of open-source projects can be easily adapted for the server. However, many customers require that software be certified and supported and not just available.