Sherwin-Williams Standardizes its Retail Stores on SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell

December 1, 2008


Novell today announced that the nation's largest specialty retailer of paint, stains, coatings, wall coverings and sundry items will be standardizing on SUSE® Linux Enterprise Point of Service (POS) as the operating system for its retail store multi-function desktop/registers and in-store servers. As a global retailer of some of the most popular paint brands, Sherwin-Williams has more than 3,000 retail stores in 50 states, Canada and Latin America. SUSE Linux Enterprise POS will provide the paint retailer with a secure, cost-effective and reliable operating system.

"We wanted a supported Linux platform to replace our current POS operating system and evaluated several distributions before selecting SUSE Linux Enterprise," said Tim Bartel, manager of POS Applications Development at Sherwin-Williams. "We chose Novell because of its flexible pricing model, support capabilities and code compatibility across our relevant applications, desktops and servers."

Working with Novell® channel partner Mainline Information Systems, Sherwin-Williams will be moving from their current POS operating system to SUSE Linux Enterprise POS, giving them access to enterprise-class support including the latest software and maintenance updates, security patches and product assurances.

"As a platinum partner in the Novell PartnerNet® program, Mainline provides infrastructure technology solutions, as well as implementation and consulting services for companies nationwide," said Greg Schneider, regional vice president at Mainline Information Systems. "We believe SUSE Linux Enterprise POS is one of the best-engineered and reliable platforms optimized for the retail environment. SUSE Linux Enterprise POS delivers a robust operating system for point of sale devices and in-store servers that can help reduce total cost of ownership through centralized administration and deployment tools, small footprint images and support for heterogeneous IT environments."

Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions at Novell, said, "By selecting SUSE Linux Enterprise for its in-store computing platform, Sherwin-Williams has a solution that can work across its entire infrastructure from point of sale terminals to mainframe servers. As a result, Sherwin-Williams can reduce the complexity of its environment and improve its efficiencies of scale. We're pleased to have them as a customer."

About SUSE Linux Enterprise POS

SUSE Linux Enterprise POS is based on the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform. The next-generation platform for the open enterprise SUSE Linux Enterprise is the best-engineered and most interoperable platform for mission-critical computing, from the desktop to the data center. For more information on SUSE Linux Enterprise POS from Novell, visit

About The Sherwin-Williams Company

Founded in 1866, the Sherwin-Williams Company is a global leader in the manufacture, development, distribution, and sale of coatings and related products to professional, industrial, commercial, and retail customers. The Company manufactures products under well-known brands such as Sherwin-Williams®, Dutch Boy®, Krylon®, Minwax®, Thompson's® Water Seal®, and many more. With global headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, Sherwin-Williams® branded products are sold exclusively through a chain of more than 3,000 company-operated stores and facilities, while the company's other brands are sold through leading mass merchandisers, home centers, independent paint dealers, hardware stores, automotive retailers, and industrial distributors throughout North America. The Sherwin-Williams Global Group distributes a wide range of products in more than 30 countries around the world. For more information, visit

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers the best engineered, most interoperable Linux platform and a portfolio of integrated IT management software that helps customers around the world reduce cost, complexity and risk. With our infrastructure software and ecosystem of partnerships, Novell harmoniously integrates mixed IT environments, allowing people and technology to work as one. For more information, visit

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