During the fourth quarter, Dell will begin shipping its PowerEdge 1850, 2800, and 2850 servers with Novell SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 preinstalled, Dell said Wednesday.
Dell will offer SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 for a $175 per-CPU annual maintenance subscription and $269 for a dual-CPU subscription. Dell, a company known for entering new markets only after they've matured enough to generate sufficient revenue, already has a similar relationship with Microsoft and Novell rival Red Hat Inc. Dell has shipped Red Hat Enterprise Linux with PowerEdge 4600, 2650, and 1650 servers since August 2003, charging $349 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES and $899 for Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS. Dell will also ship Red Hat on its PowerEdge 1850, 2800, and 2850 servers.
Hewlett-Packard, IBM, and Sun Microsystems have offered SuSE Enterprise Linux preinstalled on their servers for more than a year. "Dell was the last of the majors not to have a relationship with SuSE Linux," a Novell spokesman says. "We consider this to be a validation of our strategy and of our platform."