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LinuxPR: SuSE Delivers Linux 2.4 Support for Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM Drive

May 09, 2001, 22:00 (7 Talkback[s])

"Panasonic and SuSE Linux, the international technology leader in open source operating system software, announced today that SuSE Linux 7.1 provides complete driver support for Panasonic 4.7GB DVD-RAM drives. With driver support for the drive, Linux users have low-cost, rewritable storage for feature-length videos, system back-up/recovery and multimedia applications as well as a 6x DVD reader and a 24x CD reader."

"SuSE Linux 7.1 is a comprehensive collection of the best solutions on Linux today and includes the new Linux 2.4 kernal which provides increased USB support for personal computer users and enhanced scalability for network administrators. Two versions of the product are available: a Personal Edition for home and small office users, and an advanced Professional Edition for developers and network administrators. Both versions include the link Linux users need to take advantage of the many benefits that the Panasonic rewritable DVD offers. The Linux driver treats DVD-RAM media like any other removable hard drive media, allowing users to treat the DVD-RAM drive just as they would any other hard drive in Linux.

"The Panasonic DVD-RAM drive combines the ease of use and random access of a hard drive with transfer rates of up to 22.16Mb/sec and 95msec access times. Offering 4.7GB of fast, random access on a single-sided disc (9.4GB on the double-sided disc) and more than 100,000 overwrites for about $.005/MB, the drives are ideal for meeting the growing storage requirements of businesses and individuals that are enhancing their communications with digitized audio signals, 3-D graphics, animation, and high-resolution videos. ``SuSE is committed to bringing the advantages of Linux to a broader audience,'' said Roland Dyroff, SuSE Linux AG CEO. ``Now that Linux is easier to use, application and support for peripherals such as the Panasonic DVD-RAM drive will play a key roll in increasing its market share. With SuSE Linux,'' he continued, ``Linux users can simply install the drive and take advantage of the many capabilities of the drive.''"

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