August 8, 2001

SuSE ships SuSE Linux Developer Edition for IBM eServer iSeries

Author: JT Smith

Today, SuSE Linux, the international
technology leader and provider of Open Source solutions, announced that
it
is the first provider to deliver a Linux operating system for IBM
eServer
iSeries, IBM's high-performance, integrated business server for small
to
mid-sized enterprises.

In "SuSE Linux Developer Edition for IBM eServer iSeries", SuSE now
offers
system administrators and application developers the possibility to
make
use of SuSE Linux right from the outset - as an operating system basis
and
development platform for e-business applications across the enterprise.

IBM ships the new eServer iSeries with Version 5 Release 1 of its
OS/400
operating system, which now enables the use of several operating
systems
at the same time. For example, on one iSeries server, a firewall or
Internet services such as WWW, FTP, proxy, and e-mail can be operated
in a
separate Linux partition, while company applications such as payroll
and
human resources programs can simultaneously be processed under OS/400.
In
this way, companies benefit from proven Linux applications and services
without having to dispense with the accustomed reliability,
scalability,
security, and availability of eServer iSeries.

Being available across the IBM eServer product line, SuSE Linux is an
ideal
solution for the consolidation of heterogeneous server farms. After
all, a
uniform IT infrastructure not only reduces direct administration
expenses,
it also minimizes the costs for the development or acquisition of
strategic
software products. Thus, Linux contributes considerably to a reduction
of
the operating expenses of larger server farms.

"Small to mid-sized customers are searching for integrated,
enterprise-class Linux solutions that help them reduce server sprawl,"
said
Kim Stevenson, vice president of IBM eServer marketing operations.
"Linux
on eServer iSeries takes advantage of the strengths of Linux and OS/400
and
provides an easy-to-manage server consolidation solution for mid-sized
businesses looking to drive down cost and complexity."

Equipped for Rational Application Development

In addition to a complete "SuSE Linux 7.1 for PowerPC" (6 CDs,
documentation) and a "SuSE Linux 7.1 for iSeries" (1 CD,
documentation),
"SuSE Linux Developer Edition for IBM iSeries" also includes a "SuSE
Linux
7.2 Professional for IA32" (7 CDs, 1 DVD, documentation). The iSeries
CD
comes with a Linux operating system based on Kernel 2.4.3. Application
developers will be pleased to receive the enclosed "IBM Java Developer
Kit
for Linux", which has been certified for SuSE Linux 7.1 for IBM eServer
iSeries. This package is a complete kit of development tools and a
runtime
test environment for developing Java2 applications. Other features
include
the Logical Volume Manager (LVM), a 5250 terminal emulation for
connecting
to OS/400, and VNC support for remote access from other platforms.

"SuSE Linux Developer Edition for IBM iSeries" will be available
directly
from SuSE by mid-August at a price of EUR 199.- + VAT. Further product
information can be found at
http://www.suse.de/en/produkte/susesoft/iseries/index.html.

For more information on the IBM eServer iSeries products from IBM,
please
refer to http://www.ibm.com/servers/eserver/iseries.

About SuSE

SuSE Linux AG, Nuremberg/Germany, 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 Linux AG 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. Currently SuSE Linux AG
has
more than 500 employees. The company runs subsidiaries in six
countries.

SuSE Press contact:

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

IBM Press contact:

Caroline Carr
IBM Communications
Tel: +00441413340593
Mob: +00447764354211
e-mail: Carr_Caroline@uk.ibm.com

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