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In an effort to steer businesses away from high costs and low flexibility that come with vendor lock-in, IBM opened LinuxWorld in San Francisco with the announcement of an integrated open collaboration client for Novell's SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. In personal computing lingo, an open client is software that is based on open standards as opposed to more expensive proprietary technologies. Moving away from a proprietary approach to computing not only saves money, but utilizing a platform based on open standards gives businesses a wider range of selection for software and services they would prefer to use. According to IBM, businesses choosing to use this open client can save between US$ 300-US$ 500 per user when compared to proprietary offerings such as Microsoft Windows Vista and Microsoft Office. Moreover, the one click installation capabilities can save time in administration and deployment. The open collaboration client comes standard with the following functionality: * Advanced email and calendar capabilities * Unified communication and collaboration functionality * "Lightweight yet powerful” word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation capabilities * Open Document Format (ODF) support. “Effective desktop management is a challenge for organizations today,” said Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions for Novell. “Novell is collaborating with IBM on the open collaboration client bundle powered by SUSE Linux Enterprise to help customers meet that challenge and benefit from improved collaboration, increased end-user productivity, strengthened security, and reduced total cost of ownership.” Other companies are drinking the Open Source Kool-aid as well. Citing reasons ranging from difficulties with Windows Vista and Office to a desire to lower company expenses, more companies are turning to an open source foundation. According to the early adopters of this open client, IBM software running on Linux provides users with advanced collaboration capabilities, enhanced security, and everyones favorite: Web 2.0 features. The client also delivers significant savings for customers, enhancing an already attractive proposition for enterprises looking for cost-efficient desktop solutions. The open collaboration client will come with an assortment of programs and tools, including: IBM Lotus Notes, IBM Lotus Sametime, and the IBM productivity tools. IBM Lotus Connections, IBM Lotus Quickr, and IBM WebSphere Portal can be added to bring social networking, team collaboration, and portal capabilities to SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop. Look out for Novell, who will be distributing an evaluation copy of the open collaboration client at LinuxWorld San Francisco in booth 702.