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ActiveBuddy Embraces Linux

Looking to encourage enterprise adoption of its BuddyScript tools, New York-based ActiveBuddy on Monday announced it would extend the software to the Linux operating system.

Less than two months after the initial launch of the instant messaging bot making technology on the Windows NT platform, ActiveBuddy said the move to embrace Linux was necessary to extend the technology to developers serving the enterprise market.

It means developers on the Linux platform can now download the BuddyScript software development kit and sign up to license the BuddyScript Server to run interactive agents (bots).

More than 3000 enterprise developers, VARs, and enthusiasts are creating interactive agents with the free BuddyScript SDK, ActiveBuddy said, noting that the Linux push opens up the door to thousands of hardcore developers running Linux.

The tools include the BuddyScript IDE, an Integrated Development Environment that allows developers to write, test, and debug interactive agents and the BuddyScript Server Developer Edition for test deployment of bot projects on instant messaging networks or web chat clients.

It also offers documentation that details everything from the basics of building IM bots to what ActiveBuddy describes as "powerful and sophisticated uses of the tools."

The company has also put reusable sample code handling commonly used functions, and a tutorial project enabling developers to use and tweak the BuddyScript language.

Once a developer has created an interactive agent with the BuddyScript software, Activebuddy makes money from licensing and hosting the bots on its own servers.