Linux distributor Red Hat has expanded on its existing partnership with IBM to launch a joint initiative designed to accelerate the adoption of Linux in emerging markets such as China, India, Russia, and Korea.
The initiative sees the two companies providing software developers with technical resources, and implementation services to help them port new applications to IBM software and Raleigh, North Carolina-based Red Hat’s Enterprise Linux.
Specifically, Red Hat will provide ISVs with copies of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and access to its Red Hat Network update service, while IBM will offer ISVs consulting support and technical expertise via its IBM Innovation Centers in China, India, Korea, and Russia, as well as the US, UK, Australia, France, Germany, and the Netherlands.
IBM will also offer 29 new Linux tutorials on its DeveloperWorks site, while Red Hat will make it easier for new ISVs to register with its Technology Partner Program, as the two companies look to take advantage of accelerating Linux adoption in emerging markets.
IBM entered into agreements with the governments of China, Brazil, and Russia in February to open new development centers in an effort to accelerate the adoption of open standards-based programs.
Meanwhile, Red Hat established a Chinese operation in November 2004, and expanded its relationship with Austrian distributor VDEL in April this year to deliver support services to Red Hat users in 23 countries across central and eastern Europe and Russia.
Earlier this month, the company added Russian language web and telephone support options to Red Hat Enterprise Linux for the first time.