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PR: SuSE to Debut Office Desktop

Oct 29, 2002, 17:30 (5 Talkback[s])

Today, SuSE Linux announced a multi-stage product campaign for the corporate desktop deployment of SuSE Linux. Starting January 2003, small and medium-scale enterprises will be able to migrate to Linux on desktops using the "SuSE Linux Office Desktop."

"In numerous desktop projects during the past years, we gained insight into the various needs of enterprises," explains Petra Heinrich, VP Qualified User at SuSE Linux. "The clear increase in the customer demand for corporate Linux desktop solutions has confirmed our conviction that the time has come to carry the accumulated experience to the market in the form of desktop products tuned to the needs of our target groups."

The first element of SuSE's product campaign for the utilization of Linux on workstations will be available January 2003. Using SuSE Linux Office Desktop, companies and private users without any previous Linux experience, will be able to utilize the stability and security of Linux on the desktop. Additionally, SuSE Office desktop allows users to continue the processing of existing data with accustomed applications such as Microsoft Office.

SuSE Linux Office Desktop combines the technology and user-friendliness of SuSE Linux 8.1 with proven tools that facilitate the migration from Windows operating systems and applications. During the installation, SuSE's system assistant YaST2 (Yet another Setup Tool) automatically detects the existing Windows 95/98/ME installation and submits a suitable proposal for the rearrangement of existing hardware space and the Linux software to be installed. Even without any previous technical knowledge and a pre-installed Windows 2000/XP, the migration to Linux performs smoothly due to the partitioning tool, Acronis OS Selector.

"Thanks to our partnership with SuSE, we are very pleased to offer the unique partition technology in our OS Selector software to all SuSE Linux users," said Maxim Tsypliaev, President of Acronis. "Our commitment to the Linux community as a whole, and specifically to SuSE Linux users, is demonstrated in the fact that we are the only system software publisher today who offers full support for all Linux files system, including ReiserFS, Ext2, and Ext3."

SuSE Linux Office Desktop seamlessly enables the continued use of existing data, such as StarOffice 6.0 by Sun Microsystems, which offers text processing, spreadsheet, and presentation applications in Linux, combined with mature filter functions for data exchange. In addition, StarOffice Base provides a powerful database. Codeweaver CrossOver Office 1.2 allows the utilization of accustomed applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Visio 2000 on the SuSE desktop. For the first time, IBM Lotus Notes can be used from a Linux desktop. Both KDE 3.0.3 and GNOME 2.0 are available as graphical desktop environments. With the functionality and appearance of the mail client Evolution, users will not miss Microsoft Outlook. SuSE Linux Office Desktop provides all tools needed for office clients in a small or medium scale network.

The new SuSE Linux Office Desktop will be available from SuSE Linux resellers from January 2003. The recommended retail price per workstation is $ 129.00, including detailed documentation and 90 days of installation support.

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