IBM's practice for facilitating interoperability of Operating Systems







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IBM's practice for facilitating interoperability of

Operating Systems





Browser Independence Productivity Suites

IBM Open Client


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Evolution of the IBM I/T Client

Goal: Provide employees with the right tool at the right time for the right cost.

Higher productivity through collaboration Drive to Web through lightweight platforms Roles based dynamic delivery of IT resources

Internal Standardization

Program Standardized Image Build & Delivery, Support, Mail and Calendar,

Asset Management, Software Delivery

Consolidation of Standard End User

Services At Geography / Country Level Web Based Software Delivery Linux Desktop Cross-geography Alignment

Globalized End User Services

2 PC Images: Windows, Linux Shift To Self-Help Model With Translated


Global Workstation Asset Management Single Image Delivery

Solution Supporting Multiple Sourced

Media (network, CD/DVD)

Flexible Offerings Light / Thin Client

Open Computing

Roles Based Policies For Personalization / Customizations Applications As Hosted Services Platform Shifting To Network

Each division its own IT Shop

Supporting Separate Host VM/MVS Systems User support based

on specialist down the hall Site / Location Focused






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Browser Independence

Drive the enterprise adoption of Firefox and IBM's transformation to web based delivery of enterprise applications

WebSphere Portal based w3 Intranet is the foundation

Accelerate adoption of HTML5 techniques, Social Networking technologies and situational applications in the Enterprise

Build an Operating System and browser independent IT


Advance IBM's adoption of open w3c standards

Innovation that matters for our company, and the world – developers share IBM’s best practices and influence technology direction at the foundation


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IBM Social Document Strategy

When and where you need documents in context - Three solutions : Cloud, Mobile and Desktop

IBM Docs : Light-weight web editing

Commenting & discussions Attention management Author awareness

Synchronously and asynchronously

Mobile device support

Review & comment Light-weight editing

Online or Offline viewing Rich presentation client

Desktop editing support

Complex business documents Connectors to access, sync and

manage Connections files


Connections Mobile


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Apache Open Office

Open source You can distribute, copy, and modify the software as much as you wish, in accordance with either of OOo’s Open Source licenses.

Cross-platform OOo3 runs on several hardware architectures and under multiple operating systems, such as Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, and Solaris.

Extensive language support OOo’s user interface is available in over 40 languages.

Consistent user interface All components have a similar “look and feel,” making them easy to use and master.

File compatibility In addition to its native OpenDocument Format (ODF), OOo includes PDF and Flash export capabilities, as well as support for opening and saving files in many common formats including Microsoft Office, HTML, XML, WordPerfect, and Lotus 123 formats. New in OOo3 (using an extension): the ability to import and edit some PDF files.

No vendor lock-in OOo3 uses OpenDocument Format (ODF), an XML (eXtensible Markup Language) file format developed as an industry standard by OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) and adopted by ISO as an International Standard. These files can easily be unzipped and read by any text editor, and their framework is open and published


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IBM Open Client


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IBM Open Client -

Heterogeneous Desktop Environment

Same codebase runs on Mac, Linux and Windows Alternative Computing Models

– alternative client access technologies including virtualized


– move to the web.

Platform independent, open standards Office suite: Apache Open Office


IBM Open Client for Linux


– To build and deliver a fully supported,

standards-based desktop Linux client, designed to increase the productivity of IBMers.

– Provide applications and desktop services that can work on

different operating systems – centrally provisioned and managed

– Focus on Open Standards based solutions

– Align with IBM product strategy

– Lead the industry in integrated open client platforms

– Increase employee productivity/satisfaction and decrease

TCO Vision

– Provide IBM internal population with the “right” client

platform based on business role


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IBM Open Client for Linux

Virtualization of endpoint

Separate IBM-, customer-, and personal virtual images

Key concept

Open source base layer as virtual host of “fit for purpose” images

Provision custom hardened images from a catalog

Entitlement by job role

Cloud based images

when additional data security or minimal (non daily) use is needed


IBM Open Client for Linux - Migration


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Platform Independent

– Applications used by everybody in the company should

be delivered platform-independent

Open Standards

– It's all about Open Standards, not Open Source – know

the difference


– In essence, users choose their own platform. Specific

application requirements for customers are allowed to define the OS


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