"Novell has become the first networking infrastructure vendor to
reach an agreement with the U.S. General Services Administration to
participate in the SmartBUY program for government-wide software
purchasing. SmartBUY is an initiative of the federal government to
support effective enterprise level software management through the
aggregate buying of commercial software government-wide in an
effort to achieve bulk savings.
"As part of the agreement, Novell has created a series of
special SmartBUY software offerings and service levels, including
special product SmartBUY bundles for infrastructure, Linux servers
and desktops, web services, and, soon, secure identity management.
These bundles will provide federal customers flexibility on both
deployment and pricing, as well as significantly easing the
contract negotiation and licensing process for individual