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UnitedLinux Partners Offer Discounts, Benefits to Oracle Unbreakable Linux Partner Initiative ISV Program Participants

UnitedLinux today announced that its four founding partner companies will offer special support programs and discounts to ISV participants in the Oracle®'s Unbreakable Linux Partner Initiative. The announcement was made today at the Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Partner Initiative launch event "Power Up With Unbreakable Linux" Partner Event held at The Pierre Hotel.

NEW YORK
April 1, 2003

UnitedLinux today announced that its four founding partner companies will offer special support programs and discounts to ISV participants in the Oracle®'s Unbreakable Linux Partner Initiative. The announcement was made today at the Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Partner Initiative launch event "Power Up With Unbreakable Linux" Partner Event held at The Pierre Hotel.

UnitedLinux is an industry initiative designed to streamline Linux development and certification around a global, uniform distribution of Linux. Oracle Corporation (NASDAQ:ORCL), the world's largest enterprise software company, is committed to the wide-spread market adoption of Linux and has been delivering leading database solutions to enterprise customers since 1979.

Introduced last week, the Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Partner Initiative dramatically increases financial and technical incentives to ISVs delivering solutions on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux software infrastructure. The Oracle Unbreakable Linux Partner Initiative complements Oracle's partnerships with strategic Linux platform providers and with hardware companies.

"We applaud Oracle's energetic commitment to Linux in the enterprise, and the company's innovative partnering initiatives with important sectors of the Linux marketplace. Building special relationships with ISVs via the Oracle Unbreakable Linux initiative will yield increased customer deployment of mission-critical applications over running on products powered by UnitedLinux," said Paula Hunter, general manager of UnitedLinux LLC. "Our founding members are eager to assist this initiative by providing ISV participants with additional support and discounts."

"The willingness of UnitedLinux founding companies to assist and enable ISVs assist Oracle to give ISVs a 'boost' on to delivering solutions on Oracle's Unbreakable Linux software infrastructure is very exciting," said Dave Dargo, vice president, Linux Program Office, Oracle Corporation. "Now, working with our ISVs and UnitedLinux, Oracle can offer not only the infrastructure for Unbreakable Linux, but also a catalog of solutions 'powered by' Unbreakable Linux."

Specific offerings from UnitedLinux founding companies Conectiva S.A., The SCO Group (NASDAQ:SCOX), SUSE Linux, and Turbolinux, Inc. to ISV participants in the Oracle's Unbreakable Linux Partner Initiative include:

  • Support program discounts
  • Discounts on developers training courses, Oracle-focused courses and/or training aimed specifically at ISVs
  • Inclusion in companies' own partner programs
  • Discounts on certain porting and migration services
  • Joint events, such as Developer Days, with presentations, workshops and testing
  • Joint public relations and marketing activities

For detailed information on specific offerings from individual companies, please visit http://www.unitedlinux.com/oracleisv/.

Last month, Oracle announced the participation inclusion of UnitedLinux in its Oracle Unbreakable Linux initiative, and in February 2003, UnitedLinux announced that all products powered by UnitedLinux 1.0 have been tested and certified with Oracle9i Database and Oracle9i Real Application Clusters. Products powered by UnitedLinux 1.0 include Conectiva Linux Enterprise Edition from Conectiva S.A. (www.conectiva.com), SCO Linux Server 4.0 from The SCO Group (www.sco.com), SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8 from SUSE Linux (www.suse.com), and Turbolinux Enterprise Server 8 from Turbolinux (www.turbolinux.com).

UnitedLinux Version 1.0 is the engine that powers products sold by the four founding companies, each with its own value-add features, support and pricing. Built on top of a solid and tested foundation, UnitedLinux 1.0 is an enterprise-class operating system with exceptional stability, scalability and reliability, and its high level of quality has been previously available only in expensive proprietary operating systems.

Distributed virtually everywhere in the world and supported by leading global ISVs and IHVs, UnitedLinux Version 1.0 is initially available in English, Japanese, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, German, French and Hungarian. UnitedLinux Version 1.0 has local language and local time zone support for customers around the world, with access to a channel of more than 16,000 resellers and a global pre- and post-sales support team.

About UnitedLinux

UnitedLinux is a partnership of industry-leading Linux companies combining their intellectual property, geographic mind share, sales, support and marketing expertise to produce a uniform distribution of Linux designed for business. UnitedLinux applies the collaborative development model of open source to the business model to enable a one-stop shop for developers, partners and customers to install, support and maintain quality business solutions based on Linux anywhere in the world. UnitedLinux is actively recruiting membership for both industry software developers and those who provide Linux as an integral part of their business solutions. For more information, visit http://www.unitedlinux.com or call UnitedLinux at +1-781-876-8989.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Oracle is a registered trademark of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. All other trademarks and service marks 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.

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