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SUSE Linux and BMC Software Partner to Deliver Advanced ManagementCapabilities for Linux Customers

Users Benefit from Certified Management Solution for Linux as BMC Software Joins SUSE Software Partner Program

Oakland, Calif.
September 5, 2001

Today, SUSE Linux, the international technology leader and provider of Open Source solutions and BMC Software, Inc. [NYSE: BMC], the leading provider of enterprise management, announced their partnership to deliver advanced management software and expertise for the Linux platform. This partnership includes certification of PATROL® by BMC Software on SUSE Linux 7.2 and future marketing and development plans for PATROL on the SUSE Linux platform.

"BMC Software is a recognized leader in the enterprise IT management market, therefore making them an excellent choice for our partnership and certification program," said Holger Dyroff, director of sales, SUSE Linux, Oakland, California. "Customers using SUSE Linux are now assured that PATROL will deliver the highest quality management for our complete line of products."

Certification on the SUSE Linux platform is another step in BMC Software's mission of Assuring Business Availability for its customers by delivering the infrastructure and service management solutions that manage and monitor mission-critical applications, databases, and e-business solutions. BMC Software supports Linux across the enterprise both on S/390 and distributed systems. Also available on the Linux platform is an open source solution from BMC Software, which allows companies experimenting with Linux for S/390 to include systems management in their evaluation, offered free for download at http://www.bmc.com/ega/preview/8.3.01A/index.html.

"BMC Software is committed to delivering management for the platforms that our customers use for their mission-critical enterprises," said Carl Coken, vice president and general manager, PATROL Platform solutions, BMC Software. "Our customers can be assured that PATROL is tightly integrated and fully certified on the SUSE Linux platform. As a SUSE partner, we will be working together on future endeavors in order to quickly support upcoming versions of SUSE Linux."


About PATROL

PATROL is a broad, integrated solution that enables the rapid deployment of advanced service-level management through a unique continuous improvement process. The process not only enables customers to measure service in terms of end-user response time of business transactions and publish reports on compliance against service level agreements (SLAs), but it also uniquely allows for automated diagnosis of the root cause of failures and prediction of the impact of business change on the quality of service delivered. From a single graphical console, PATROL provides centralized control and helps to proactively manage systems, applications, databases and resources across e-business enabled enterprises. More information on PATROL and its benefits can be found at www.bmc.com/patrol.

About BMC Software

BMC Software, Inc. [NYSE: BMC], is the leading provider of enterprise management solutions that assure business availability - maintaining and optimizing business-critical systems with automated infrastructure management and unique service management capabilities. BMC Software is a member of the S&P 500, with fiscal year 2001 revenues exceeding $1.5 billion and offices worldwide. For more information, please visit BMC Software's Web site at www.bmc.com.

BMC Software, the BMC Software logos, and all other BMC Software product or service names are registered trademarks or trademarks of BMC Software, Inc. All other trademarks or registered trademarks belong to their respective companies. © 2001 BMC Software, Inc. All rights reserved.
LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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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Email: kbarney@suse.com

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