Novell Raises the Bar for Linux Collaboration and Development OpenSUSE project community grows dramatically, recording more than 13 million

page views, 750,000 installations and 19,000 registered project members


    WALTHAM, Mass., Jan. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell's project,
 launched in August 2005, continues to generate tremendous interest and
 activity, recently surpassing 13 million page views and 750,000 verified
 installations of SUSE(R) Linux. SUSE Linux is installed more than 7,000 times
 every day, an average of one installation every 12 seconds. The openSUSE(TM)
 project features easy access to builds and releases, and will soon offer new
 resources and programs for open access to the development process used to
 create SUSE Linux, the award-winning distribution that contains everything
 users need to get started with Linux*. Developers have contributed thousands
 of suggestions, bug fixes and provided significant input which will improve
 Novell's leading Linux distribution for developers and customers around the
     In early 2006, the openSUSE project will begin to release a public
 development framework. This framework will provide open source contributors
 and third-party application developers with tools and resources to streamline
 code and patch contributions to SUSE Linux. The framework will include code
 libraries and a public build server that can be accessed and used by any
 registered project member. Novell will make it simple and easy to create
 packages and applications that will run on SUSE Linux and SUSE Linux-based
     "SUSE Linux users, who number in the millions worldwide, continue to show
 their support by installing the software in great numbers and seeking more
 opportunities to collaborate with Novell," said Jeff Jaffe, executive vice
 president and chief technology officer for Novell. "The huge interest in the
 openSUSE project shows they're serious about shaping and improving the
 software they use. We're thrilled at the level of involvement and are stepping
 up our commitment to maintain SUSE Linux as one of the most popular
 distributions in existence."
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NOVL) 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, more than 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
     Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks, and openSUSE and Software for
 the Open Enterprise are trademarks 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.

SOURCE Novell, Inc.

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