WSJ.com - IBM Offers Universities Access To Software, Course Assistance "Seeking to counter Microsoft Corp.'s increasing dominance of computer science on campus, International Business Machines Corp. is offering free access to IBM software and course-development assistance to any university interested in broadening its curricula.
IBM's new academic initiative is designed to ensure that computer-science programs will teach students about open-source software such as Linux and Sun Microsystems Corp.'s free J2EE and Java programming languages as well as IBM's proprietary DB2 database and WebSphere Internet software.
IBM declined to put a dollar value on its new program, which has a team of 300 to 400 people promoting it. Besides letting professors download software for use in courses, IBM permits them to use software courses developed by consultants in IBM's services group for training within IBM. In some cases, schools will be allowed to use IBM hardware over the Internet under a "virtual loaner program."