Novell Announces first LSB 2.0 Certification for Linux

News Brief

WALTHAM, Mass. — November 11, 2004 — Novell today announced that its new SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 is the first product in the Linux market that conforms to the Free Standards Groupís new LSB 2.0 Runtime Environment Product Standard for IA32, demonstrating adherence to the community-developed standard for Linux-based systems.

SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 delivers the latest Linux innovations to Linux enthusiasts and newcomers to Linux. Bringing together thousands of open source packages into a consistent and well-documented Linux operating system, SUSE Linux Professional 9.2 shows the future of what's coming in Novell's enterprise server products, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Novell Open Enterprise Server. LSB 2.0 Runtime Environment Certifications for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 are expected to be completed in early 2005.

As an active member of the LSB, Novell meets business customersí demands for standardized, technical open source software features. Standardization greatly simplifies the compatibility efforts of independent software and hardware vendors. The availability of standardized, quality-assured IT solutions assures customers both stability and future interoperability and encourages the further adoption of Novell's Linux products in corporate environments.

"We congratulate Novell for being the first to certify to the LSB Runtime Environment Version 2.0", said Andrew Josey, Director of Certification at The Open Group. "LSB certification is a critical component for the long-term market success of Linux. Together with the LSB specification, it offers an answer to the most pressing issue facing Linux today: fragmentation." The Open Group developed and now operate the LSB Certification program on behalf of the Free Standards Group.

Linux Standard Base (LSB), a workgroup of the Free Standards Group, standardizes the core functionality of Linux and the suite of GNU tools, giving Linux distributions and Linux-based applications the opportunity to reach a wider market, while allowing application developers to concentrate on increased functionality. LSB was developed through the collaboration of community developers, Linux distribution companies, independent software vendors (ISVs) and system vendors.

Additional information on LSB certifications can be found at http://www.opengroup.org/lsb/cert. For more on Novellís Linux strategy and offerings, visit http://www.novell.com/linux.

Press Contacts:
Marissa Krupa
Novell, Inc.
Phone: 415-591-6614
E-mail: kmk@novell.com