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IBM Offers Pre-loaded SuSE Linux On All Servers

Novell has reached an agreement with IBM to pre-install its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server on all IBM server hardware.
A day after rival Red Hat announced it had struck a deal with IBM to pre-load its Linux on one line of the Armonk, N.Y.-based computer maker's servers, Novell said it had reached a much broader agreement with IBM to pre-install its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server on all IBM server hardware.

IBM will now pre-load SuSE's Linux on all its servers at customer request, including the eServer iSeries, pSeries, xSeries, and zSeries lines, as well as IBM's eServer BladeCenter systems.

"This marks a critical step in making Linux mainstream in the corporate data center," said Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell in a statement.

Previously, both Red Hat's and SuSE's arrangements with IBM meant that, while customers could custom order Linux with new servers, the operating-system software was actually shipped separately by the Linux distributors for customers to install themselves.

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