updated 9/16/2005 6:16:15 PM ET 2005-09-16T22:16:15

Red Hat Inc., an open source and Linux provider, said Friday it would join forces with International Business Machines Corp. to help accelerate the development and adoption of Linux-based solutions in emerging markets.

The two companies will provide software developers in China, India, Russia, Korea and other nations with the technical resources needed to help them port and certify their new applications on IBM software and hardware and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

As part of the move, Raleigh, N.C.-based Red Hat will provide independent software vendors with copies of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and will facilitate onsite registration for its technology partner program to help them certify their applications. Additionally, IBM will offer Linux skill-building tutorials on developerWorks.

According to a study cited in the companies' news release, industry sales of Linux servers surpassed the $1 billion revenue mark for the fourth-consecutive quarter, and worldwide sales of the system grew 45 percent in the second quarter.

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