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Date: Mon, 31 Jul 2000 11:32:23 +0200
From: Martina Eckstein <meck@suse.de>
To: lwn@lwn.net
Subject:  "SuSE Linux 7.0 for the first time Available as ''Personal'' and ''Professional'' Versions"

SuSE Linux 7.0 for the first time Available as "Personal" and "Professional"

NUREMBERG, Germany -  July 31, 2000 - SuSE Linux AG, the international
technology leader and solution provider in open source operating system (OS)
software, will offer their new release, SuSE Linux 7.0, in two target-group 
oriented versions. SuSE Linux 7.0 Personal has been tailored to the requirements
of Linux newcomers and desktop users. SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional offers
experienced users all the proven Linux features for use as a server operating
system. Both versions will be available at the end of August.

With SuSE Linux 7.0 Personal, SuSE targets Linux newcomers and home users
who want to become acquainted with the advantages of free Unix clones on a
desktop computer. Three CD-ROMs provide the core operating system and
multiple applications, from the fields of games, multimedia, imaging and
Internet, frequently used in the home and office.  SuSE Linux 7.0 Personal
comes with StarOffice 5.2, a complete office package, that includes word
processing, spreadsheets and a presentation application. Due to a revised 
import and export filter, smooth data exchange is possible with other office

To a large extent, installation is now carried out automatically with the YaST2
setup tool, using the extended hardware recognition. Peripheral devices, such
as sound cards and printers, as well as Internet access configuration via modem
and ISDN, can be carried out with a few simple key entries.

Three entry-level manuals make the newcomer familiar with the new system.
The fully illustrated Quick Install Manual explains the installation process 
step by step with numerous screenshots. Using the new Configuration Manual,
the user learns how to integrate printers, scanners, CD burners, graphic,
sound and TV cards in the best possible way, as well as to adapt the KDE
desktop (K desktop environment) to his or her preferences and needs.
The next level manual, ``Applications'', gives a condensed overview of the most
important functions of significant desktop applications under Linux, such as
StarOffice, Netscape Navigator, Gimp, Acrobat Reader or Midnight Commander.

60 days installation support are included in the purchase price of the
SuSE Linux 7.0 Personal. In addition to e-mail and fax, users can access SuSE
experts by phone.

SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional provides ambitious home users as well as IT  
professionals with a comprehensive collection of more than 1500 updated
Linux tools and software packages. A range of six CD-ROMs and one DVD
are included in the Professional Package. In addition, users are also provided
with interesting software packages on the DVD, exceeding the scope of the six

Using SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional, Intranet and Internet solutions can be
realized just as heterogeneous networks can be connected and protected.    
Professional users are offered all the necessary tools to enable them to use
Web, proxy, mail and news servers under Linux. SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional,
proven as a file and print server, is also an ideal server system for very large
and complex database applications due to an enhanced raw device support and
4 GB main memory addressing. The optimized support for fully automated
installation and SuSE's new ALICE (Automatic Linux Installation and
Configuration Environment) tool allows rational configuration management
for computer networks. Three entry-level manuals plus the SuSE Linux manual
provide 1000 pages of up-to-date, firsthand Linux expertise on special subjects
such as network configuration and security.

The Professional version installation support, included in the price, also comes
with significant enhancements.  First, the SuSE Hotline is now available five
afternoons a week. Second, instead of 60 days support, the user will now be
provided with 90 days from SuSE professionals.

Both versions of SuSE Linux 7.0 will be available from the end of August onwards, 
directly from the manufacturer, as well as from book and computer stores. 
The recommended retail price of SuSE Linux 7.0 Personal is 46 Euro. 
SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional will cost 66 Euro.

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 6.4 and the newly
released 7.0 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 Linux AG, headquartered in Germany, and SuSE Inc., based in Oakland,
CA, are privately held companies focused entirely on supporting the Linux
community and Open Source development. With a workforce of over 450 people
worldwide, SuSE has offices all over Europe, Venezuela and in the US.
More than 50,000 business customers 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, XFree86TM, KDE, ISDN4Linux, ALSA (Advanced Linux
Sound Architecture) and USB (Universal Serial Bus).

Additional information about SuSE can be found at


SuSE International Marketing
Martina Eckstein
Phone: +49 911 740 53 31
Fax: + 49 911 741 77 55
email: intmkt@suse.de