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SUSE Linux 7.3 For SPARC Architecture Compliments Sun Microsystems ExtensiveSupport Of Linux

Most Comprehensive Free Linux Version For SPARC CPU's Available from SUSE ftp Server.

Oakland, CA
February 13, 2002

SUSE Linux, the international Open Source technology leader and solutions provider, welcomes Sun Microsystems' new approach towards Linux. Their commitment to Linux is a further milestone for Linux in the enterprise Adding immediate strength to Sun's new Linux directions is SUSE Linux 7.3 for Sun Microsystems' SPARC architecture. By downloading the latest release from SUSE ftp server, SPARC users benefit from the latest Linux developments and opportunities. Sun's newly announced Linux support includes ABIcheck, an application development tool that ensures compatibility between Linux releases on Sun servers. Sun's commitment to the Linux operating system brings additional value to customers of its Solaris/SPARC[tm] architecture. Already, Sun systems have built-in compatibility with Linux, so that any Solaris-based system can also run Linux applications. New software such as Linux Compatibility Toolkit (LinCAT), announced by Sun yesterday simplifies the process of assuring secure and stable Linux application performance on the Sun Fire[tm] family of servers. For SUSE Linux users, the new Sun program makes key Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE) technologies available to the Linux platform, including the iPlanet[tm] Directory and Web servers, Forte[tm] for Java[tm] development tools, the Java/XML platform, Project JXTA, StarOffice[tm] productivity suite, Sun[tm] Chili!Soft ASP, and the Sun Grid Engine. The range of SuSE221s security features for SPARC architecture has also been expanded to include the "crypto file system", which ensures that confidential information is concealed from unauthorized access even if the entire hardware is stolen. Stored data in this system is only available in unencrypted form, if the user enters correct identification. Ideal Solution For Heterogeneous Networks The wide range of supported hardware, from notebooks and servers based on IA32, IA64, SPARC, PowerPC, IBM eServer pSeries, IBM eServer Series, to IBM S/390 and IBM eServer zSeries, positions SUSE Linux as the operating system of choice for professional deployment. The availability and compatibility across multiple platforms enables companies to consistently integrate SuSE Linux on all systems in their IT environment, from PC clients to powerful host systems, while being able to perform tasks under familiar system conditions. This results in a uniform and standardized administration of heterogeneous networks, a permanently reduced administration workload, and substantially minimized expenses for the development and acquisition of strategic software products in the enterprise. SUSE Linux 7.3 for SPARC is available for download at ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc/7.3/iso/

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