Novell Secures Major Enterprise Linux Agreement With Swiss Government

More Than 3,000 Servers Across Switzerland to Run Novell's SUSE Linux

Dec 13, 2005, 00:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Dec. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL)
 today announced a breakthrough agreement with the Swiss Federal Government
 that will see the introduction of Novell's enterprise Linux* technology across
 Switzerland's public sector IT infrastructure. Novell was selected following a
 formal tender process during which the company conclusively demonstrated it
 can provide the strongest Linux solution for public sector environments. As a
 result, more than 3,000 servers operated by the Swiss Federal Government will
 now run on Novell's SUSE(R) Linux platform.
     "Linux has been gradually introduced into various government departments
 in recent years, but this is the first formalized procurement process
 regarding the introduction of Linux at a federal level," said Jurg Roemer,
 Delegate for Information Strategy of the Swiss Federal Government. "The
 agreement we have reached applies to the entire Federal Government and will
 see the adoption of Novell's SUSE Linux throughout the Swiss federal
     Tom Francese, president of Novell Europe, Middle East and Africa, said,
 "The Swiss Federal Government wants greater operational efficiencies and lower
 costs from its technology infrastructure. This agreement is a great vote of
 confidence in Novell, Linux and open source, and serves as a strong example
 for other large organizations, whether public or private, who are looking to
 open standards and open source to improve their operations."
     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, 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 .
     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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