Ritz Camera Selects Linux from Novell for In-Store Systems Nationwide

Leading Camera Retailer Will Run Novell on Their Cash Registers Across the

Country, Increasing Efficiency and Improving Distributed Systems Management

Aug 09, 2005, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO, (LinuxWorld Conference & Expo), Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ --
 Today, Novell (Nasdaq:   NOVL) announced that Ritz Camera, the largest camera
 and photography equipment retailer in North America, will use Linux* from
 Novell to run its in-store infrastructure. With 10,000 employees and more than
 1,200 stores, Ritz Camera chose Linux from Novell because of Novell's robust
 utilities and tools, value-added Linux management, collaboration offerings and
 world class support capabilities. Ritz Camera anticipates increased
 efficiencies, significantly improved system management capabilities, and
 increased performance for their in-store systems.
     "Ritz Camera has grown dramatically in recent years, in part through
 significant acquisitions, including Wolf Camera," said Bob O'Hern, vice
 president of Information Systems at Ritz Camera. "We needed to upgrade our
 system to improve performance, while also gaining greater control over
 management and security. Novell's Linux platform, combined with their Linux
 management offering and enterprise-level support, were key differentiators for
     Ritz Camera will deploy Novell(R) Linux Desktop on cash registers across
 its network of retail stores, running a dedicated point-of-sale application on
 Linux. In addition, Ritz Camera will leverage Novell's resource management
 suite, ZENworks(R), to provide seamless updates of the Linux operating system,
 as well as centralized patch management. To improve employee communication,
 Ritz Camera will deploy Novell NetMail(R), a cross-platform Internet mail
 system designed for scalability and ease of use.
     Ritz Camera Centers, headquartered in Beltsville, Md., is the largest
 retail camera and photo chain in the United States with approximately
 1,200 locations in 45 states and the District of Columbia. The chain of stores
 now includes Ritz Camera, Wolf Camera, Kits Camera, Inkley's and The Camera
 Shop. All stores have Big Print Central Departments offering both traditional
 and digital prints "in minutes." The Ritz Camera Centers, Inc. website,
 www.ritzpix.com, offers customers a one-hour printing and in-store pick-up
 service. Ritz Camera Centers, Inc. also owns and operates Boater's World
 Marine Centers, a leading marine specialty retail chain with 114 stores
     "Linux is proving its value in increasingly diverse environments," said
 Susan Heystee, president of Novell North America. "Performance, security and
 management are critical factors for retailers like Ritz Camera, a business
 that depends on constantly up and running systems. Ritz is a leader in
 understanding the value of open source technology, and we're thrilled to be
 their strategic partner."
     For more information on how customers are leveraging Linux from Novell,
 please visit http://www.novell.com/success/ .
     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 http://www.novell.com .
     NOTE:  Novell, NetMail and ZENworks are registered 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.