Chinese PC users getting Dells loaded with Linux

Novell and Dell announced an expansion of Linux offerings with the addition of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 installed on Dell OptiPlex 330 and 755 commercial desktop PCs in China. The systems will be available later this year.

This development is part of Dell's efforts to give customers more choices and to help meet increasing demand for Linux that provides security, dependability and lower TCO. The OptiPlex desktop PCs with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 come with 60 days of telephone software technical support from Novell and a year of hardware support from Dell.

“We are very pleased to cooperate with Dell to launch computer products with pre-installed Linux systems,” said Dr. Sen Ming Chang, Managing Director of Novell East Asia. “The combination of stability, flexibility and safety advantages of SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop and Dell's top quality and innovative technology will provide users with high-value Linux-based products with the strong technical support they need. Customers can deploy these computers in their existing environments and enable them to work seamlessly with computers running Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office. This will certainly exert substantial influence on domestic PCs and Linux industries and provide a solid foundation for the innovation of relevant domestic industries. Meanwhile, Novell will further its development to bring more value to Chinese users.”

Mr. Francis Kam, Marketing Director of Dell, said, “In the past few years, more and more users have begun to pay attention to the good value, ease-of-use and safety of Linux. We cooperated with Novell to launch computers with pre-installed SUSE® Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 operating system to better meet user demand.”

Dell OptiPlex commercial desktops are some of the most stable PCs suitable for the demanding commercial environments. Key features of the product include easy maintenance, energy efficiency, safety, flexible manageability and easy deployment.

The Chinese government supports Linux operating systems as a deployment option for customers. With its compelling 3D desktop interface, excellent interoperability with Microsoft Windows and innovative functions, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 is attracting an increasing number of enterprises and individual users. Customers will benefit considerably from the business application software provided by SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop, including the productivity suite.

Since its launch last year, the award-winning SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 product has been well-received in the industry. Some of the awards it has received include “2006 Editor's Choice” award from China Information World and “Server OS Software Product of the Year 2006” award from Computer World.

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