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Date: Mon, 1 May 2000 13:07:14 -0700 (PDT)
From: Peigi Cleminshaw <peigi@suse.com>
To: press@suse.com, oakland@suse.com, suna@suse.com
Subject: [press] Press Release: SuSE forms Distribution Agreement with Ingram Micro

May 1st, 2000

SuSE Inc. Forms North American Distribution Agreement With Ingram Micro

Distribution Deal Supports Growing Retail Demand for SuSE Linux

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - MAY 1, 2000 - Citing a rising public demand for its
latest version of Linux, SuSE Inc. (www.suse.com) partnered with Ingram
Micro Inc.(NYSE:IM), the world's largest wholesale provider of technology
products and services, to deliver SuSE's line of Linux software products to
top North American software retailers. The one-year renewable agreement is
effective immediately and includes SuSE Linux CD and DVD versions for the
Intel platform, Alpha, and the future release of a version for PPC.

All SuSE products sold through Ingram Micro's retail channels will carry
SuSE's highly recognized product support and customer guarantees. "About 70%
of our $22 million 1999 revenue was from sales of our boxed products," said
Volker Wiegand, CEO of SuSE Inc. in the US. "Last year's US revenues were up
350% and, with demand continuing to rise, this partnership with Ingram Micro
is key to our being able to get our SuSE Linux to millions of users. With
its huge distribution network, Ingram Micro is the perfect partner for

As part of the agreement, SuSE's support database, online documentation and
60-day installation support are available for all products purchased through
Ingram Micro's channel of retailers, which includes CompUSA, Office Depot,
Office Max, Best Buy and Walmart.

"Bringing SuSE Linux to retail outlets throughout North America will give
enterprise, as well as small- and medium-sized companies, the opportunity
to easily find and purchase SuSE Linux from the outlets they know and
trust," said Al Mann, senior vice president, product management, Ingram
Micro Inc. "We look forward to a very successful relationship, as SuSE
continues to deliver innovation and greater performance to the business
and Internet communities."

About SuSE:

Founded in 1992, SuSE Linux is the international technology leader and
solution provider in open source operating system (OS) software, setting new
standards for quality and ease of use. Its award-winning SuSE Linux 6.3 and
the newly released 6.4 include thousands of third party Linux applications
supported by extensive professional consulting and support services,
excellent documentation, comprehensive hardware support, and an encyclopedic
set of Linux tools. Designed for Web and enterprise server environments and
efficient as a home and office platform, SuSE's distribution, surrounding
features, effective configuration and intelligent design result in the most
complete Linux solution available today.

SuSE Holding AG, headquartered in Germany, and SuSE Inc., based in Oakland,
CA, are privately held companies focused entirely on supporting the Linux
community, Open Source development and the GNU General Public License. With
a workforce of over 340 people worldwide, SuSE has offices in Germany, the
UK, Czech Republic and in the US. More than 50,000 business customers,
including Daimler-Chrysler and Siemens, use SuSE Linux worldwide due to its
stability and high quality.

SuSE received the "Show Favorites" award at LinuxWorld Expo 2000 in New
York in February 2000 and March 1999. Further awards: Reader's Choice
Awards: Linux Journal, 1/99; PC Professional 4/99; Computer Bild 6/99; PC
Intern 4/99; PC Magazin 4/99, PC Answers 8/99. SuSE contributes
considerably to Linux development projects such as the Linux kernel,
glibc, XFree86(TM), KDE, ISDN4Linux, ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound
Architecture) and USB (Universal Serial Bus). Additional information about
SuSE can be found at http://www.suse.com.

Xenia von Wedel
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