"IBM Creates 'Microsoft-Free' Desktop
Applications for Thin Clients Would Operate From Back-Office Server
International Business Machines Corp. is hoping to convince corporate customers that they no longer need Microsoft Corp.
IBM says it has created a "Microsoft-free" virtual desktop -- a complete suite of applications that run on a backroom server and don't require Microsoft software or costly desktop hardware.
The software package, available immediately, uses the Linux operating system and a set of IBM office applications that can be displayed on so-called thin clients, which don't have processing units or hard drives."