IBM and Novell have teamed up to drive Linux adoption among small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with new packaged bundles of Novell\u2019s Linux distribution and IBM\u2019s software and servers.The first bundle, called the Integrated Stack for Linux, combines Novell\u2019s Suse Linux Enterprise Server with IBM\u2019s WebSphere Application Server Community Edition\u2014a free J2EE application server built on the Apache Geronimo open-source application server project\u2014and IBM\u2019s DB2 Express-C database server, a free, scaled-down version of its DB2 Universal Database Express Edition. The offering is initially available for SMBs through distributor Avnet\u2019s reseller channel. Avnet will preinstall the software on IBM\u2019s xSeries Intel based-servers for resellers.To help ease Linux deployments in Microsoft Windows environments, Avnet will also preload startup Centeris\u2019 Likewise application for Active Directory integration and management. The Likewise application makes Linux servers appear as Windows servers in a Windows environment, allowing system administrators to manage both through a Windows console.Avnet will also offer the Likewise application with a second bundle from IBM and Novell, the Integrated File and Print Server for Linux, to help users manage Linux file and print servers in a Windows environment.IBM this week will also roll out a new version of WebSphere Application Server Community Edition with new clustering and load-balancing capabilities and new development tools to ease application creation, debugging and deployment. Web Sphere Application Server CE is based on software IBM acquired from Gluecode Software last year.-Shelley Solheim, IDG News ServiceCheck out our CIO News Alerts and Tech Informer pages for more updated news coverage.