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Novell Updates Ximian Desktop 2 with Support for the Latest SUSE Linux Platforms

Novell today announced that Ximian® Desktop 2, the leading enterprise Linux desktop, now supports the latest editions of Linux client operating environment software from SUSE Linux, a leading provider of Linux software and services.

PROVO, Utah | January 6, 2004

  • Leading enterprise Linux desktop also includes latest OpenOffice.org, GAIM instant messenger client and Red Carpet management software
  • Novell now provides the most complete and usable open source desktop offering available

Novell today announced that Ximian® Desktop 2, the leading enterprise Linux desktop, now supports the latest editions of Linux client operating environment software from SUSE Linux, a leading provider of Linux software and services. With this release, Novell's Ximian Desktop now supports SUSE* LINUX Desktop and SUSE Linux 9.0. The update also includes the Ximian Edition of OpenOffice.org 1.1, GAIM instant messenger client and updated Ximian Red Carpet™ 2.0 configuration management client software.

"Linux offers IT organizations new opportunities to control their future," said Chris Stone, Novell® vice chairman - Office of the CEO. "With the delivery of Ximian Desktop 2, now for SUSE Linux Desktop and SUSE 9.0, Novell provides the most complete and usable open source desktop offering available."

Availability
Novell Ximian Desktop 2 is free for download at www.novell.com/desktop (link change). The professional edition of Ximian Desktop 2, which includes technical support, automated software updates, Java* support, additional fonts and valuable content plug-ins, is available for purchase at the How to buy page.

About Ximian Desktop
Novell Ximian Desktop 2 is the complete enterprise Linux desktop. It provides complete desktop productivity for Linux users, featuring a tightly integrated suite of applications that delivers seamless support for Windows file formats, networks protocols and standards. Ximian Desktop 2 includes the Ximian Edition of OpenOffice.org, which reads and writes files in the latest Microsoft* Office formats, as well as the award-winning Ximian Evolution® for e-mail and personal information management that can be directly integrated with Microsoft Exchange 2000/2003 and other messaging and collaboration servers.

Ximian Desktop 2 also includes a Mozilla-based Web browser, popular browser plug-ins, professional fonts, and built-in Red Carpet software management. The complete application suite, breakthrough usability and unparalleled Windows* interoperability make it the ideal choice for organizations using Linux desktops in a mixed Windows/Linux computing environment. For more information, visit www.novell.com/desktop (link change).

About Novell
Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) is a leading provider of information solutions that deliver secure identity management (Novell Nsure™), Web application development (Novell exteNd™) and cross-platform networking services (Novell Nterprise™), all supported by strategic consulting and professional services (Novell NgageSM). Novell's vision of one Net - a world without information boundaries - helps customers realize the value of their information securely and economically. For more information, call Novell's Customer Response Center at (888) 321-4CRC (4272) or visit www.novell.com. Press should visit www.novell.com/pressroom.

Novell, Ximian and Ximian Evolution are registered trademarks; exteNd, Nsure, Nterprise and Red Carpet are trademarks; and Ngage is a service mark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *All third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


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Novell, Inc.
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Email: kbarney@novell.com



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