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SUSE Linux and Epcom announce Linux Training Partnership

Epcom Corporation, a leader in educational and consulting services, and SUSE Linux today announced that Epcom has become the founding SUSE training partner in North America -- adding the complete SUSE Linux curriculum to its suite of software and systems development courses.

Oakland, CA / Troy, Michigan
October 31, 2003

Epcom Corporation, a leader in educational and consulting services, and SUSE Linux today announced that Epcom has become the founding SUSE training partner in North America -- adding the complete SUSE Linux curriculum to its suite of software and systems development courses. The SUSE Linux curriculum provides paths leading to all Linux Professional Institute and United Linux certifications. Linux systems architects, developers, administrators, and "power users" throughout North America now have a single point resource for all of their educational and certification needs. Courses are scheduled for the Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, and Detroit metropolitan areas this year. Other major metropolitan regions will be added throughout 2004. Course schedules and outlines are available at http://www.epcom.com/sched.html

"We are very excited about the benefits this partnership offers SUSE and Epcom customers," said Joseph Opyrchal, President and CEO of Epcom Corporation. "Linux offers unprecedented advantages in the areas of computing reliability, security, scalability, and cost effectiveness. SUSE is world renowned for their Linux Research & Development and comprehensive enterprise-oriented support. Furthermore, SUSE Linux Training was named the winner of the 2003 Readers' Choice Awards by Linux Journal, a publication of Specialized Systems Consultants. We look forward to enabling our customers to effectively and efficiently implement Linux throughout their enterprise. The relationship with Epcom will provide a valuable resource for those interested in pursuing Linux technology," said Holger Dyroff, general manager, North America, SUSE Linux. "We chose Epcom because of their outstanding track record in technology training."

About Epcom Corporation

Epcom provides Engineering, Communication, Network, and Information Technology development, implementation, and support services through three complementary business units: Educational Services, Consulting Services, and Staffing Services. For over twenty years Epcom has lead or participated on hundreds of projects and trained thousands of professionals while working with and for worldwide industry leaders on some of their most challenging business and technology issues. Further information on Epcom is available at http://www.epcom.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.

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