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Ten Days Later: Tremendous Reception to SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 from Novell

Ten days after its official launch, over 165,000 downloads of SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 products

WALTHAM, Mass.
July 28, 2006

Novell today announced that its SUSE® Linux Enterprise 10, the next-generation platform for the open enterprise made available just 10 days ago, has experienced a substantial worldwide reception in the market and from the media. 

  • To date, over 165,000 users from around the globe have downloaded components of the SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 suite, which includes the SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop products.
  • Approximately 286,000 unique visitors have been to the Novell® Customer Center website to register and try out Novell's new tools for managing subscription and software updates.
  • Meanwhile, the SUSE Linux Enterprise homepage (www.novell.com/linux) has experienced over 312,000 hits in the past 10 days.
  • All of this activity has cumulated in daily software downloads from Novell.com increasing by an average of 800 percent post-launch. In all, a SUSE Linux Enterprise product has been downloaded every 5 seconds since the launch on July 17, 2006.

Meanwhile, the reception to Novell’s innovations has been similarly accepting.  The positive coverage can be tracked by visiting or subscribing to the RSS feed of a custom del.icio.us page found at: http://del.icio.us/SHIFT.Communications.Novell.SUSELinuxEnterprise10. At this del.icio.us site, SUSE Linux fans will have on-going access to positive reviews such as:

“With the release of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10, Novell has at last put out a product that's as easy to install, administer and use as a Windows server--in some cases, even easier...Most important, the OS provides a solid foundation for a vast array of enterprise-level systems,” – Ben Dupont, Reviewer, Network Computing, July 12, 2006

“We’re thrilled to see that the marketplace is just as excited by Novell’s new offerings as we are. It’s gratifying to see the hard work of the worldwide SUSE Linux team and the open source community acknowledged by thousands of corporate technologists and users,”said John Dragoon, senior vice president and chief marketing officer for Novell. “With SUSE Linux Enterprise 10, Novell has delivered the only complete Linux solution from the desktop to the data center.  No other Linux solution can match its breadth, functionality or appeal.”

SUSE Linux Enterprise is the best engineered, lowest cost and most interoperable platform for enterprise computing, from the desktop to the data center. Only SUSE Linux Enterprise offers a complete open source platform for the mission-critical applications that drive customers' business. Supported and certified by the world's leading hardware and software vendors, SUSE Linux Enterprise 10 is backed by Novell's award-winning technical support and global ecosystem of partners and services.

About Novell

Novell, Inc. (Nasdaq: NOVL) delivers Software for the Open Enterprise™. With more than 50,000 customers in 43 countries, Novell helps customers manage, simplify, secure and integrate their technology environments by leveraging best-of-breed, open standards-based software. With over 20 years of experience, more than 5,000 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world, Novell helps customers gain control over their IT operating environment while reducing cost. More information about Novell can be found at http://www.novell.com.

Novell and SUSE are registered trademarks, and Software for the Open Enterprise is a trademark of Novell, Inc. in the United States and other countries. *Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other third-party trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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