Commercial Linux distributor Canonical has struck a deal with German insurance firm LVM Versicherungen to install Ubuntu on 10,000 computers across the company.
Under the deal, Canonical will install the Linux based Ubuntu operating system on 3,000 desktops and laptops at the insurance giant’s Muenster head quarters. The company will also deploy the open source OS on 7,000 other computer devices located in LVM centres across Germany.
According to an article on TechEye, the insurance firm deploys the Java based LAS claims processing application that is powered by Lotus Notes, OpenOffice and Adobe Reader.
An all-out Ubuntu installation indicates that the company is satisfied with LAS running on Ubuntu, it the claims processing application remains always-on and is critical to the company’s operations.
LVM is said to be have an all-Windows firm therefore this deal signifies a major win against software makers like Microsoft, which according to Canonical, tie customers into an endless cycle of license fees that amount to millions of dollars in the long-run.
Meanwhile, Canonical has announced that it will release the Ubuntu 11.04 will be released for public downloads on April 28th.