SUSE Delivers Enterprise Linux for IBM RS/6000

June 12, 2000

IBM Brings Linux Up on Next Generation POWER4 processor

Nuremberg, Germany and Somers, N.Y. -- (Business Wire)

Linux, an international technology leader and solution provider in open source operating system software, and IBM today announced that SUSE will release an enterprise-class version of Linux this month for IBM RS/6000 servers.

IBM also announced that it has the Linux operating system up-and-running on its next generation POWER4 microprocessor due out in late 2001.

SUSE Linux for RS/6000 systems has been tested and certified by SUSE on RS/6000 B50 rack mountable servers for service providers, the 43P Model 150 entry server/workstation and F50 deskside servers for departments and small organizations. Support for other RS/6000 products by SUSE is planned for later this year. (a) SUSE Linux runs a wide range of applications for the business, service provider, and scientific and technical markets including Web and application serving and a wide array of network services.

"SUSE Linux for RS/6000 systems gives customers a powerful platform alternative. IBM is committed to delivering Linux across all our platforms, including the world's best performing UNIX-class servers with IBM's breakthrough copper microprocessor technology," said Rod Adkins, General Manager, IBM Web Servers. "The SUSE distribution broadens the scope of RS/6000 applications to include innovative work being initiated in the Linux community."

"IBM RS/6000 servers offer leading performance, availability, and manageability across the spectrum from entry systems to super computers. Our RS/6000 distribution is an important step in SUSE plan to provide businesses with a version of SUSE Linux for the industry's most popular computing platforms," said Volker Wiegand, CEO of SUSE Inc.

SUSE Linux for RS/6000 systems will be available in June 2000 via all SUSE retail channels or direct via (inside the US) or (outside the US). Including a handbook and 60 days installation support, the package has a recommended retail price of $49.95 (EUR 46).

As part of IBM's commitment to support Linux across all its server platforms, IBM's Enterprise Systems Group in Austin, Texas, with the assistance of Linuxcare, has booted a version of the Linux operating system on an early sample of the next generation POWER4 microprocessor.

The acclaimed POWER4 microprocessor's innovative design includes two 1GHz microprocessors on a single chip. The bandwidth capacity of the POWER4 processor will be in excess of 100 gigabytes per second from the on chip second level cache to the processors, which is the equivalent of moving 20 full-length DVD movies in one second.

A copy of the Linux on Power 4 "boot log" is available at:

About IBM RS/6000
More than one million IBM RS/6000 systems have been shipped to over 150,000 commercial and technical customers around the world. The RS/6000 family of computers feature IBM RISC-based microprocessors and run AIX, IBM's UNIX(c) operating system. RS/6000 products range in size and capacity from workstations, workgroup and enterprise servers, to the RS/6000 SP supercomputer. From businesses deploying advanced technologies to become more efficient and profitable, to governments and universities seeking to solve the grand challenge problems of our time, RS/6000 computers support a wide range of applications and provide the reliability, availability and price/performance that today's information technology managers demand.

For more information about RS/6000 systems and the AIX operating system, see the RS/6000 home page at

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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 Press should visit

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