Novell Announces Availability of SUSE Linux 10.0

Latest Edition Is the First to Include Input From the Recently Launched

openSUSE Project

Sep 07, 2005, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) today
 announced SUSE(TM) Linux 10.0 will be available in retail and online stores in
 early October 2005. SUSE Linux 10.0 is uniquely designed among Linux*
 distributions to create an easy, user-friendly experience, delivering
 everything that enthusiasts and home users need to get started with Linux. In
 addition to a full featured desktop, SUSE Linux 10.0 includes more than 1,500
 open source Linux applications and packages that can be optionally installed
 for advanced Web hosting, application development and home networking. The
 retail version comes with installation support and comprehensive manuals to
 help users get the most out of Linux at a very low cost. As a result, both
 home users and developers who want to leverage the power, security and
 reliability of Linux can tap SUSE Linux 10.0 as a cost-effective choice for
 their core computing needs.
     SUSE Linux 10.0 is created by the openSUSE project, a recently launched
 community initiative sponsored by Novell that promotes the use of Linux
 everywhere. A first for Novell, SUSE Linux 10.0 will include code changes and
 bug fixes initiated with developer input from across the worldwide Linux
 community. Thanks to active developer involvement and interest in the beta
 versions, SUSE Linux 10.0 will establish new benchmarks for ease of
 installation, configuration and use.
     The full featured desktop delivered in SUSE Linux 10.0 includes the newest
 version of the popular Firefox Web browser; the latest version of the
 Windows-compatible 2.0 office suite; email and instant
 messaging clients; graphics creation, editing, and management applications;
 plus important security tools like spam blockers, anti-virus software and an
 integrated firewall. Among the numerous new and updated features are the
 Beagle desktop search engine and Amarok with MP3 support out of the box.
     "As this release of SUSE Linux 10.0 shows, Novell continues to extend its
 vision for its business and retail products," said Chris Ingle, group
 consultant at IDC. "SUSE Linux has always had one of the fullest feature sets
 of any distribution. While these features are valued by customers, Novell's
 focus on ease of use aims to make the distribution accessible to a wider user
 base. Key to Novell's success with future product releases will be building a
 community at which works well with the existing Linux community
 and drives wider adoption of open source products."
     SUSE Linux 10.0 also will preview select advanced technologies for the
 Linux enthusiast, such as Xen virtualization and iFolder for file access
 anywhere, that will be available in future versions of Novell's enterprise
 Linux products.
     "The new features and numerous usability improvements in SUSE Linux 10.0
 will make it easier than ever for users to deploy and use Linux successfully,"
 said David Patrick, vice president and general manager, Linux, open source
 platforms and services at Novell. "For the first time, we have been receiving
 input from the openSUSE community throughout the SUSE Linux beta cycle and
 that feedback is making a real difference in the product. The Linux community
 is  helping us extend the usability of the SUSE Linux distribution, and we
 can't wait to release SUSE Linux 10.0."
     Of special interest to current Windows* users, included in SUSE Linux 10.0
 are a variety of features that simplify migration. Users have the option of
 replacing their existing operating system with Linux or installing Linux
 alongside their existing system so that they can experience Linux in a "trial"
 setting, without affecting their existing software installations. The retail
 edition of SUSE Linux 10.0 offers end users the security and convenience of a
 Linux distribution complete with installable media, printed end-user manuals
 and 90 days of installation support.
     Availability and Pricing
     Available in October, SUSE Linux 10.0 will be offered globally via all
 major retail channels at the suggested retail price of $59/euro 59, a 44
 percent price improvement over earlier versions. For a list of resellers and
 distributors, please visit: . For
 more information on the openSUSE project, please visit .
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services
 to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of
 experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000
 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting
 customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By
 providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source
 software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a
 lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at .
     NOTE:  Novell is a registered trademark and SUSE is a trademark of Novell,
 Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Linux is a registered
 trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft
 Corporation. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their
 respective owners.

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