Novell Innovation in Linux Education Drives New Learning Options

Novell Is First Linux Provider to Supply Free Full-Service Teacher Training

Courses, and Is Also Cooperating With Thomson Learning to Create New SUSE

Linux Enterprise Courseware

Jul 05, 2006, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., July 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL)
 today announced two new innovative programs for Linux training designed to
 promote education around open source. Novell unveiled its "Train the
 Teacher" series, the industry's first free week-long boot camp for Linux*
 educators. In addition, Novell is the first Linux vendor to partner with
 Thomson Course Technology, the world's leading technology education
 publishers, with the release of a series of new joint SUSE(R) Linux
 Enterprise courseware offerings. As a result, students and teachers
 interested in Linux have compelling new options for building their
 expertise on the increasingly popular open source platform.
     "With the growth of open source software, the demand for Linux
 education has been expanding rapidly," said Stephen Helba, executive editor
 for Thomson Course Technology. "We are pleased to work with Novell to
 provide high-quality training materials to meet the needs of students
 worldwide. The strength of Novell's training programs and expertise in
 courseware and testing development, combined with Thomson Course
 Technology's market-leading educational materials, give students in
 academic settings an incredible opportunity to learn Linux."
     Novell and Thomson Course Technology have worked together to create
 three new SUSE Linux Enterprise textbooks, the first fruits of a unique co-
 authorship approach. Thomson has already reported tremendous demand for
 review copies from instructors across the country, surpassing expectations.
 Thomson has adapted Novell's existing SUSE Linux Enterprise courseware to
 the academic market by creating additional student labs and exercises,
 building instructor resources (slide decks, quiz/test banks), and
 developing online learning deliverables. The three SUSE Linux Enterprise
 textbooks range from a basic introduction to Linux to advanced Linux
 network administration.
     To further expand Linux training options, Novell has launched a new
 "Train the Teacher" course. Available in 10 cities throughout North
 America, this training prepares academic instructors to teach Novell's
 introductory SUSE Linux Enterprise course. Novell will provide this
 training free of charge to instructors wishing to teach Linux who are
 enrolled in the Novell Academic Training Partner Program.
     "The long-term success of open source depends on continuous learning
 among members of the community," said Dan Veitkus, vice president of
 training services at Novell. "Novell is strongly committed to strengthening
 the Linux education ecosystem, teaching the teachers and supplying academia
 with the best learning materials possible through Thomson Course
 Technology. The next few years will mark a dynamic and exciting time for
 open source growth, with Novell-educated innovators leading the way."
     For information on all of Novell's academic training programs, how to
 purchase textbooks, and to register for "Train the Teacher," please visit .
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. delivers Software for the Open Enterprise(TM). With more
 than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage,
 simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging
 best-of- breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of
 experience, 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the
 world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating
 environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found
 at .
     NOTE: Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks and Software for the
 Open Enterprise is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and
 other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All
 other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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