Novell Ships Desktop Linux for the Enterprise

- Novell Linux Desktop 9 Readies Linux for Business Desktop Roles,

Bringing Together the Operating Environment With a Complete Set of

Office Applications

- Built on Proven SUSE LINUX Technology and Backed by Enterprise-Level

Support, Consulting, Training and Novell's Extensive Partner Network,

Novell's Desktop Lets Businesses Deploy Linux With Confidence

- Now is the Time for Specific Users Such as Transaction Workers,

Technical Workers and Software Engineers to Reap the Benefits of Open

Source on the Desktop

Nov 08, 2004, 00:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    WALTHAM, Mass., Nov. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Novell today announced the
 availability of its next-generation Linux desktop for enterprise customers:
 Novell(R) Linux Desktop 9, Powered by SUSE(R) LINUX. Backed by Novell's
 extensive enterprise-level support, training and consulting services, Novell
 Linux Desktop 9 provides an end-user desktop platform designed specifically to
 help businesses leverage Linux* and open source software with confidence.
 Novell's partner network is also prepared to assist customers in adopting
 Novell Linux Desktop. Built on the same enterprise-proven software as SUSE
 LINUX Enterprise Server 9, Novell Linux Desktop features the same first-rate
 security and reliability as Novell's server products.
     "In recent years, the IT industry has been asking when Linux will be ready
 to take on the desktop," said Jack Messman, Novell chairman and CEO. "Novell
 is focusing its enterprise desktop efforts on Linux deployments where users
 can gain the most benefit. Novell Linux Desktop is not about the wholesale
 replacement of your Windows systems, but rather it's about identifying where
 and when an open source desktop can be a sensible, cost-effective alternative.
 In our pragmatic view, the time is now for specific desktop users to reap the
 benefits of open source."
     While Novell Linux Desktop is an excellent general-purpose desktop
 platform, Novell Linux Desktop beta testers have been successfully testing the
 software with their transaction workers, such as call center operators and
 service counter personnel. Novell Linux Desktop is also particularly adept in
 other special-purpose roles such as information kiosks and stations for
 intermittent PC users. Desktop Linux has also attracted significant interest
 as a replacement for traditionally high-cost UNIX-based technical
     Novell's entry into the desktop Linux space changes the market dynamics by
 introducing a long-trusted player experienced in providing the services
 enterprises demand. Novell has the necessary credentials to do this with its
 Linux software, expertise and proven innovation obtained through its
 acquisition of open source software leaders SUSE LINUX and Ximian(R). Novell
 is ready to meet all the computing needs of many enterprise users today.
     Tools for a Productive Workforce
     Novell Linux Desktop 9 comes ready to use, complete with an end-user
 operating system, office applications and productivity tools that support
 users with capabilities they are used to. This gives customers additional
 savings as they don't need to purchase an operating system license and then
 pay for expensive office applications on top, as they would with Windows.
     Novell Linux Desktop includes:
     -- The Novell Edition of , providing a word
        processor, spreadsheet and presentation suite compatible with
        Microsoft* Office file formats.
     -- Mozilla* Firefox, a fast, full-featured browser that adheres to
        Internet standards and features innovations such as tabbed browsing and
        pop-up blocking.
     -- Novell Evolution(TM), the most complete and widely used collaboration
        client for Linux. Evolution seamlessly integrates e-mail, calendaring,
        contact management, and task lists into one easy-to-use application.
     -- Integration with Novell ZENworks(R) Linux Management, allowing
        administrators to easily deploy, configure and manage Linux desktops
        from a central location, providing enterprise-level IT control over
        software deployment, remote management, and updates and patches across
        the entire organization.
     Novell Linux Desktop 9 eliminates the need for customers to pay much
 higher desktop license fees charged by other vendors. Novell wants to expand
 the benefits of open source software to more users. Therefore, Novell and the
 open source community will continue to add applications and functionality to
 the Linux desktop to attract enterprise customers seeking lower cost, more
 choice, increased security and top-end performance.
      Novell does not rule out general replacement of Windows* and other
 proprietary operating systems with Novell Linux Desktop. Novell expects
 government and education customers will be active early adopters because many
 of these organizations are seeking to avoid single-vendor lock-in of their
 desktop systems. While some are exploring their options to simplify their
 desktop infrastructure with a complete move to Linux, others are investigating
 an appropriate blend of proprietary and open source desktop systems.
     Partner Support for Novell Linux Desktop
     Intel Channel Software Operation Vice President Shane Wall: "Intel-based
 systems are the platforms for the next generation of software innovation,
 enterprise solutions and new computing models. Novell Linux Desktop combined
 with Intel-based personal computers provides IT professionals the opportunity
 to deploy Linux for demanding users in enterprises worldwide."
     AMD Vice President of the Enterprise and Server/Workstation Business of
 AMD's Microprocessor Business Unit Ben Williams: "AMD has always been an
 advocate of choice and supports Novell Linux Desktop 9, which empowers
 businesses to leverage open source solutions with confidence. As Linux
 deployment becomes more pervasive, AMD is working with Novell to lead the
 industry to extremely powerful computing for desktop enterprise users. Novell
 Linux Desktop 9 and the AMD64 platform with Direct Connect Architecture can
 help build an incredibly strong foundation for a highly productive workforce."
     IBM Vice President of Worldwide Linux Scott Handy: "As part of IBM's
 client strategy to enable Linux on a range of devices for customers, IBM
 supports Novell's vision of offering customers choice based on Linux and open
 source. IBM enjoys a strong business relationship with Novell and is pleased
 to share in Novell's Linux Desktop launch. Novell Linux Desktop is aligned
 with IBM's industry focus and is designed to interoperate both within or
 outside of a customer's organization."
     Macromedia Vice President of Product Management Jeff Whatcott: "Macromedia
 is committed to ensuring that Linux users can experience Flash Player, the
 leading rich Internet client, on their platform of choice. Novell Linux
 Desktop enables users, out of the box, to experience widely distributed and
 rich Flash content and applications on the Web within a leading end-user
 productivity environment."
     RealNetworks General Manager of Desktop Players Jeff Chasen:
 "Increasingly, employees are requiring access to digital media applications
 such as 'Employee Training' and 'Executive Presentations' to continue to be
 successful. With Novell Linux Desktop 9, employees now can benefit from such
 workplace applications. The inclusion of Real's award-winning RealPlayer 10
 with Novell Linux Desktop 9 fills out the application suite that organizations
 need to switch from high-cost proprietary end-user operating systems."
     Pricing and Availability
     Novell Linux Desktop 9, Powered by SUSE LINUX, will be available Nov. 12
 through Novell channel partners for a suggested price of $50 per system, which
 includes upgrades and updates for one year. For more information, visit . For more on Novell's Linux strategy and
 complete line of Linux offerings, see .
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq:   NOVL) is a leading provider of information solutions
 that deliver secure identity management (Novell Nsure(TM)), Web application
 development (Novell exteNd(TM)) and cross-platform networking services (Novell
 Nterprise(TM)), all supported by strategic consulting and professional
 services (Novell NgageSM). Active in the open source community with its Ximian
 and SUSE LINUX brands, Novell provides a full range of Linux products and
 services for the enterprise, from the desktop to the server. Novell's vision
 of one Net - a world without information boundaries - helps customers realize
 the value of their information securely and economically. For more
 information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272)
 or visit . Press should visit .
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 Nsure and Nterprise are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell,
 Inc. in the United States and other countries. SUSE is a registered trademark
 of SUSE LINUX AG, a Novell business. *All third-party trademarks are the
 property of their respective owners.

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