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SUSE Announces Linux Version for Sun Microsystems SPARC Processor

Linux Continues Cross Platform Support In The Enterprise Environment

Nuremberg, Germany and Oakland, CA
September 14, 2000

SUSE Linux, the international technology leader and solutions provider in open source operating system (OS) software, today announced the availability of SUSE Linux 7.0 for the SPARC architecture from Sun Microsystems. With the addition of Linux for the SPARC platform, SUSE Linux continues providing the superior features of the Linux operating system to other applications within the professional environment.

"The community of Linux users worldwide continues to grow and we are meeting the current and future needs of the market. With the addition of the SPARC architecture, SUSE continues to support the porting of Linux to the enterprise level." said Dirk Hondel, CTO of SUSE Linux AG. "The SPARC platform is extremely stable and the addition of Linux creates an ideal server environment."

SUSE Linux currently supports PowerPC, S/390, RS/6000 and Alpha processors in addition to the Intel platform. With the addition of the SPARC architecture, SUSE Linux is an ideal common server platform within the professional environment. Sun, a leading manufacturer of high availability SPARC processor based workstations and servers, enjoys a very loyal following with Internet Service Providers and universities due to the reliability and scalability of the SPARC architecture. The high-performance platform from Sun enjoys wide recognition in software and electronic development, mechanical construction, printing and electronic media, telecommunication, banking, insurance and finance. With its extended hardware support, SUSE has shaped Linux into one of the top server Operating Systems, further complementing the SPARC platform.

SUSE Linux excels through comprehensive networking, stability and flexibility. Additionally, uniform and rational administration of cross platform, heterogeneous networks provides reduced costs for the development and purchase of strategic software products within an enterprise. The minimum capital expenditure for the Linux operating system and greatly reduced administration overhead allow a significant reduction in the ownership costs of large server farms.

The complete version of SUSE Linux 7.0 for SPARC is now available free of charge under ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc. SUSE Linux is selectively looking for users to promote the further development of this major project with their mailing list suse-sparc@suse.com

About SUSE:

Founded in 1992, SUSE Linux is the international technology leader and solutions provider in Open Source operating system (OS) software, setting new standards for quality and ease of use. Its award-winning SUSE Linux 6.3 and the newly released 7.0 include thousands of third party Linux applications supported by extensive professional consulting and support services, excellent documentation, comprehensive hardware support, and an encyclopedic set of Linux tools. Designed for Web and enterprise server environments and efficient as a home and office platform, SUSE distribution, surrounding features, effective configuration and intelligent design result in the most complete Linux solution available today.

SUSE Linux AG, headquartered in Germany, and SUSE Inc., based in Oakland, CA, are privately held companies focused entirely on supporting the Linux community and Open Source development. With a workforce of over 450 people worldwide, SUSE has offices all over Europe, in Latin America and in the US. More than 50,000 business customers use SUSE Linux worldwide due to its stability and high quality.

SUSE received the "Show Favorites" award at LinuxWorld Expo 2000 in New York in February 2000 and March 1999. Further awards: Reader's Choice Awards: Linux Journal, 1/99; PC Professional 4/99; Computer Bild 6/99; PC Intern 4/99; PC Magazin 4/99, PC Answers 8/99. SUSE contributes considerably to Linux development projects such as the Linux kernel, glibc, XFree86, KDE, ISDN4Linux, ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and USB (Universal Serial Bus).

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.

Novell is a registered trademarks; Nsure, exteNd and Nteprise are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark of SUSE Linux AG. * All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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SUSE
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Email: kbarney@suse.com

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