The company, which formed a broad agreement with IBM for the project, says that IBM?s DB2 Universal Database and WebSphere Application Server will be its Linux development platforms of choice.
The firms will also undertake joint marketing and sales efforts, according to Scott Handy, IBM?s director of Linux software solutions.
Oracle is not only pitching Linux to its customers, but using it in-house. As of last December, the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based firm had over 700 Linux servers running much of the company?s mid-tier, including its email system, and ERP and CRM applications.
But whatever hesitation PeopleSoft may have had about the open source operating system appears to have disappeared. "Linux is ready for primetime," says Rick Bergquist, PeopleSoft?s chief technology officer. "It can easily handle mission-critical applications."
And while PeopleSoft may have gotten a later start than SAP or Oracle, going from supporting just one application on Linux to more than 170, represents the largest commitment to Linux from an independent software vendor to date, according to IBM.
"This puts them in the lead as far as committing their entire application suite to Linux," says IBM?s Handy.