SUSE Linux 7.2 for the IA-64 Ships on July 18th,2001

July 18, 2001

SUSE IA 64 is the First Linux Product for Server deployments.


Oakland, CALIFORNIA, July 18th 2001 - Today, SUSE Linux, the international technology leader and solutions provider in Open Source, announced the shipping of the first Linux operating system for Intel's (NASDAQNM: INTC) Itanium-based systems. The port of SUSE Linux 7.2 to Intel's 64-bit architecture emphasizes SUSE as a leading provider of server solutions for the most demanding enterprise clients worldwide.

SUSE Linux 7.2 for IA64

To meet the early needs of developers who want to port their Linux applications to the Itanium platform, SUSE Linux 7.2 for IA64 includes SuSE Linux 7.2 Professional. SUSE Linux 7.2 for Itanium systems also constitutes the ideal basis for the evaluation and deployment of Linux on Itanium systems in professional server environments. Itanium-based systems offer companies a suitable basis for high availability, scalability, flexibility, and functionality.

"End-users and developers will be able to take advantage of the 64-bit capabilities of Itanium-based platforms and the technical competence of SuSE with the release of SUSE 7.2 Linux," said Victor Krutul, manager, Operating System Programs, Intel Corporation. "Linux on Itanium-based systems will provide high performance, reliability, and flexibility to IT professionals."

SUSE Linux 7.2 for Itanium systems is based on state-of-the-art Linux technology, including the latest Linux Kernel 2.4.4. Besides the actual operating system, the package comprises of 1,500 applications on 6 CD-ROMs, enabling the setup of Intranet and Internet solutions as well as setup and protection of heterogeneous networks. Professional users get all tools needed for setting up WWW, proxy, mail, and news servers in Linux. The support of large files up to 4 TByte equips SUSE Linux 7.2 for Itanium systems for utilization as server system for complex database applications. A wide array of development tools helps to speed up the implementation of specific adaptations. The graphical user interfaces KDE 2.1 and GNOME 1.4 are included in the package.

The SUSE installation and configuration program YaST2 is a powerful tool for user and system administration. Graphical YaST2 screens facilitate the configuration and maintenance of various network services like Samba, NFS, and BIND. The SUSE tool ALICE (Automatic Linux Installation and Configuration Environment) provides the basis for rational configuration management in company networks.

Due to its availability and compatibility across multiple platforms, SuSE Linux is the perfect operating system base for professional server deployment providing investment security on a long-term basis. SUSE Linux not only boasts comprehensive network capabilities, stability, and flexibility, but it also paves the way to a uniform and rational administration of heterogeneous networks, regardless of the platform being used. Accordingly, development and acquisition costs for strategic software products are minimized. The low acquisition costs of the Linux operating system and the permanently reduced administration expenditures contribute to considerable savings in the operating costs for large server farms.

The package includes SUSE Linux 7.2 for Itanium systems on 6 CDs, a manual and additionally SUSE Linux 7.2 Professional. The purchase price of $ 199 includes 60 days of installation support by phone, fax, or e-mail.

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