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Gateway Launches Enterprise Linux Offering through Strategic Alliance with SUSE Linux

Alliance Helps Gateway Enterprise Systems Division Provide Secure Linux Solutions for Businesses and Institutions

LAS VEGAS (COMDEX)
November 18, 2003

Maximizing IT cost savings and ease of administration for its business and institutional customers, Gateway today announced it will sell and support SUSE Linux across its entire line of enterprise-class servers.

The new alliance with SUSE, a leading provider of Linux software and services, further strengthens Gateway's commitment to enterprise customers, creating a single point of purchase, support and maintenance for SUSE Linux Standard Server 8 and SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 operating systems.

Now offered with Gateway's 955, 975, and 995 rackmount servers and its 960 and 980 tower servers for use in high-performance computing, high-availability/failover, and large database deployments, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 is an ideal operating system for education institutions, government institutions and large enterprises. SUSE Linux Standard Server 8 is a model operating system for the "edge" of the network inside of small, medium, and large businesses, and is now offered with Gateway's 920, 955, 960, 975 and 980 servers for file/print, web serving, mail, cache, and firewall deployments. All Gateway servers are SUSE Linux certified.

"Businesses of all sizes are increasingly looking to the security, flexibility and cost advantages of Linux-based solutions to address IT needs throughout their organizations," said Scott Weinbrandt, senior vice president and general manager of Gateway's Enterprise Systems Division. "SUSE's status as the first Linux distributor to achieve the federal Common Criteria standard for security is clear proof of the company's strength as an enterprise market partner."

SUSE Linux traditionally partners with top software and hardware vendors to bring end-to-end Linux solutions to the enterprise, and was the first Linux distributor to achieve the federal Common Criteria (CC) standard, marking its products' rigorous security standards and excellent performance in mission-critical environments.

"Our alliance with Gateway Enterprise Systems Division signals yet another significant milestone in global recognition and adoption of Linux as an enterprise-ready operating system solution for businesses everywhere," said Holger Dyroff, general manager, Americas, SUSE Linux. "Gateway systems and support, coupled with SUSE software, provides customers with a true win-win situation. And Gateway will continue to serve as a single point of accountability for customers that migrate or choose the SUSE platform on Gateway."

Through the Gateway-SUSE alliance, Gateway now offers fully validated, tested, and SUSE-certified Gateway servers. In addition, Gateway provides a single point of contact for support on all Gateway hardware and SUSE software. Gateway also offers a standard one-year maintenance service for patches and driver updates on every operating system sold with a Gateway server.

Gateway is a leading branded integrator of technology solutions for SMBs, enterprises, educational institutions and government agencies. From high-end servers to market-leading plasma displays to comprehensive services, Gateway delivers whole-office technology solutions, coupled with high-touch service. Serving businesses for more than 15 years, Gateway uses its multi-channel approach to make the purchase, use and support of technology simple. Gateway customers include many of the world's leading organizations, such as the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency, UPS, the University of Arizona and others. For more information on Gateway Professional solutions, visit www.gateway.com/business.

About Gateway

Since its founding in 1985, Gateway (NYSE: GTW) has been a technology and direct-marketing pioneer, using its call centers, web site and retail network to build direct customer relationships. As it transforms itself from being a leading PC company into a branded integrator of personalized technology solutions, the company's line of Gateway-branded products is expanding to include digital TVs, DLP projectors, tablet PCs and systems and networking products and services. Gateway is America's second most admired computer company, according to Fortune magazine(1), and its products and services received more than 125 awards and honors last year. For more information, visit www.gateway.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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Kevan Barney
SUSE
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Email: kbarney@suse.com

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