October 30, 2001

SuSE Linux announces distribution agreement for IBM software on Linux

Author: JT Smith

LinuxWorld Expo, Frankfurt, Germany (October 30, 2001) - SuSE Linux, the
international Open Source technology leader and solutions provider, today
announced an agreement with IBM to distribute IBM's entire line of
software for Linux in Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) as a Value
Added Linux Distributor (VALD).
IBM will use SuSE as a primary distributor in Europe for its Linux
software product lines DB2, WebSphere, Lotus, and Tivoli. In addition,
IBM will promote and fulfill orders through SuSE for SuSE Linux Groupware
Server with Lotus Domino R5, SuSE Linux Database Server with IBM's DB2
Universal Database, and IBM's WebSphere Commerce Suite 5.1 for Linux.

"This agreement marks another significant milestone in our relationship
with SuSE that began in 1999," said Scott Handy, Worldwide Director of
Linux Solutions, IBM Software. "Our relationship with SuSE provides a
win-win for both customers and channel partners because it is driven by
mutual goals -- to provide value-add Linux solutions to our customers and
to deliver these solutions through our channel partners."

In addition to integrated SuSE Linux Business Solutions, this agreement
will enable SuSE to provide more flexibility to its customers and partners
by offering a broad range of Linux software that includes over 50 IBM
products.

"SuSE's expanded relationship with IBM will allow us to tightly integrate
our efforts to satisfy the strong demand for Linux business solutions as
customers expand their use of Linux to include mission-critical business
applications", said Johannes Nussbickel, Chief Executive Officer, SuSE
Linux. "Customers are excited about Linux and have had great success in
their deployments to-date. They are looking for the same benefits in cost,
performance and reliability from their business applications that they get
from Linux-based infrastructure solutions today. Together with IBM, we
plan to deliver those Linux solutions to our business partners and joint
customers."

SuSE recently expanded its channel programs for Value Added Resellers
(VARs), Independent Software Vendors (ISVs), Consultants and System
Integrators (SIs) to help them deliver value and business solutions to
customers. For more on the benefits of these programs and for information
on how to become a SuSE business partner visit
http://www.suse.de/en/partner/index.html or contact

SuSE Linux AG
Channel Marketing
ibm-partner@suse.de
Tel. (+49) 911 - 740 53 - 520

IBM products and all SuSE Linux Business Solutions distributed by SuSE are
available immediately through authorized SuSE resellers. Enhanced programs
for business partners to become new SuSE resellers are also available
immediately.

About SuSE

SuSE Linux is one of the world's leading providers of complete solutions
based on the Open Source operating system Linux. In addition to operating
systems and application software for private customers, SuSE offers
software solutions and complete systems for the deployment of Linux in
companies.

SuSE supports its enterprise customers with a comprehensive range of
qualified consulting, training, and support services. The company, which
hosts the world's largest development team for Open Source solutions, has
made its unique project and support know-how accessible via the Internet
in the largest existing Linux knowledge database.

Further information on SuSE can be found at http://www.suse.de/en/

Press contact:
SuSE Linux AG
Martina Eckstein
Schanzaeckerstr. 10
90443 Nuernberg
Germany
martina.eckstein@suse.de
Phone: +49-(0)911-74053507

* Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
** DB2, WebSphere, Lotus and Tivoli are registered trademarks of the IBM
Corporation.

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