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Turbolinux® Inc. and SUSE Linux form Strategic Alliance to deliver Enterprise Server Linux for IBM® eServers Product Line

Partnership enables joint software development, sales and marketing of Linux for IBM eServer zSeries, iSeries and pSeries.

Tokyo, Japan and Nuremberg, Germany
October 17, 2002

SUSE Linux, and Turbolinux Inc., today announced a strategic alliance to deliver Enterprise Linux software and services for IBM's eServer zSeries mainframes and iSeries and pSeries servers. The alliance combines engineering collaboration with joint sales and marketing activities for the upcoming products and services based on SUSE Linux Enterprise Server for IBM eServer platform. The resulting offerings will be marketed and sold by each company's respective brand and channels beginning fourth quarter 2002. With strategic alliance in place, SUSE and Turbolinux will set the global standard for enterprise Linux products and service offerings for IBM eServer available through both SUSE and Turbolinux channel.

"This alliance between two Linux industry leaders will afford our enterprise customers a compelling value proposition", said Steve Solazzo, general manager, Linux, IBM. "The combined development, sales, and marketing resources of TurboLinux and SUSE focused on this single, proven Linux offering for the IBM eServer platforms, will continue to ensure that Linux will enjoy a prominent position in enterprise computing worldwide."

Both Turbolinux and SUSE are leading worldwide Linux distributors by being market leaders in their respective areas: Turbolinux in Asia Pacific, and SUSE in Europe and the United States. Both companies, under their existing separate brand names, will continue to develop Linux solutions and services for the enterprise customer base.

"Our partnership with Turbolinux represents a strong team agreement that combines Turbolinux's and SUSE expertise for Linux and Open Source solutions, with marketing scope and sales coverage," said Gregory Blepp, VP International of SUSE Linux. "As a result, our enterprise customers can take advantage of easy and fast access to the enterprise Linux solutions jointly delivered by SUSE and Turbolinux."

"This strategic alliance with SUSE provides products and service based on global standards while optimizing local needs," said Koichi Yano, COO and President of Turbolinux. "Our partnership with SUSE for IBM eServer Linux enablement will accelerate adoption of enterprise Linux in the Asia-Pacific region among major enterprise customers."

About Turbolinux, Inc.

Founded in 1992, Turbolinux® Inc. is a global software company providing Linux OS and solution for multi-platform. Backed by some of the world's leading technology companies, including Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Novell, Oracle, SGI and Toshiba, Turbolinux is headquartered at Tokyo Japan with offices around the world. For more information, visit the Turbolinux Web site at http://www.turbolinux.com.

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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