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SUSE Linux and M-Code Announce Partnership

Today, SUSE Linux, the international technology leader and solution provider in open source operating system (OS) software, jointly announced a partnership with M-Code, creator of the Software Nervous System platform for software metering, monitoring and remote management.

Emeryville, CA
October 23, 2000

Today, SUSE Linux, the international technology leader and solution provider in open source operating system (OS) software, jointly announced a partnership with M-Code, creator of the Software Nervous System platform for software metering, monitoring and remote management.

SUSE is known globally for setting standards for quality and ease of use with its Linux distribution and support services. M-Code's technology is a platform that enables software creators and application service providers (ASPs) to both monitor and remotely manage the functions of their choice within their software.

The metering agent this system employs is aptly named the X-Meter, as it meters virtually anything within compiled code. Jointly-identified components of the OS will be X-Meter enabled, in addition to the technology being bundled with the distribution. SUSE Linux users and developers will be able to immediately take advantage of X-Meter functionality native on SUSE distribution. This functionality will supply users and developers with information about performance monitoring, application usage, remote feature/function analysis and will allow for remote feature authorization.

"This powerful monitoring technology is a service we're very excited to provide to our SUSE clients," said Volker Wiegand, President of SUSE Inc. "With SUSE Linux X-Meter-enabled, our customers who are software developers will be able to know exactly what's going on inside every instance of their application."
"SUSE industry reputation for high quality Linux services and global Linux distribution makes them an ideal partner for M-Code," said M-Code founder and CEO Charles Manning. "They've demonstrated steadfast dedication towards seeing Linux succeed in the business world, and we join SUSE in that objective. The potential of including the X-Meter technology in SUSE standard distribution is an exciting step toward advancing both the power of Linux as an OS and the transition of software to usage-based business models," said Manning.

About M-Code:
M-Code's Software Nervous System was designed to give software creators and ASPs visibility into the distribution and usage of their intellectual property, to enable remote interaction with deployed applications, and to facilitate the transition to service-based business models, solving some of the most critical problems facing the software industry today. M-Code's integrated solution bypasses the need for additional development or multiple standalone packages that would otherwise be required.

M-Code is a privately held company headquartered in Emeryville, CA.

About Novell
Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure identity management (Novell® Nsure™), Web application development (Novell exteNd™) and cross-platform networking services (Novell Nterprise™), all supported by strategic consulting and professional services (Novell NgageSM). Active in the open source community with its Ximian and SUSE Linux brands, Novell is firmly committed to open source and offers comprehensive Linux products and services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server. Novell's vision of one Net - a world without information boundaries - helps customers realize the value of their information securely and economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit http://www.novell.com. Press should visit http://www.novell.com/pressroom.

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