White-Box PC Makers Pre-Install Novell's SUSE Linux

Novell has signed agreements with four white-box PC manufacturers who will globally distribute PCs pre-loaded with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell.

European manufacturers ETegro Technologies, MAXDATA and Transtec along with R Cubed Technologies in the United States will sell notebooks and/or desktop computers with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 already installed, giving customers around the world simplified access to a complete desktop computing solution that attempts to reduce costs, improves end-user security and increases workforce productivity.

These partnerships come on the heels of Novell's recent announcement with Lenovo regarding the industry's first Linux-based ThinkPad mobile workstations, which will run SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10. Additional SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 agreements with major hardware vendors are currently in the works.

Roger Levy, Novell vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions, said, "Market demand for desktop operating system alternatives is really starting to take off, and these new partnerships will help meet that demand. White-box builders sell millions of PCs and are a crucial part of the growing spread of Linux on the desktop. We're very pleased with our new partners, and we're working with more than a dozen others to further expand the availability of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 and bring the benefits of desktop Linux to the widest possible market."

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop delivers ease of use and several innovative new features including three-dimensional desktop graphics, integrated search and a fully compatible office productivity suite through the Novell edition of OpenOffice.org 2.0, all at a list price that's a small fraction of the leading proprietary operating system and office suite alternatives. SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop is suited for complete desktop replacements, retail point of service solutions, thin-client deployments and engineering workstations.

PCs pre-loaded with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 are now available directly from ETegro Technologies, MAXDATA, R Cubed Technologies and Transtec. For more information, visit http://www.etegro.com/ , http://www.maxdata.com/ , http://www.shoprcubed.com/ and http://www.transtec.co.uk/ .