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Date: Mon, 14 Aug 2000 15:36:53 -0700 (PDT)
From: Peigi Cleminshaw <peigi@suse.com>
To: press@suse.com, oakland@suse.com, suse-announce-e@suse.com
Subject: [press] SuSE 7.0 Certified for Oracle 8i

SuSE 7.0 Professional Edition Optimized for Oracle8i

Contains High-Availability and Memory Management features

Linux, the international technology leader and solution provider in Open
Source operating system (OS) software, and Oracle Corporation, the number
one choice for e-business, announced that SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional
Edition is tested , certified and optimized for Oracle8i, the first
database specifically designed as an Internet development and deployment
platform. SuSE Linux Professional Edition 7.0 is an enterprise-class
operating system platform with features for high volume e-business and
enterprise applications, fully tested and supported by SuSE and certified
by Oracle for Oracle8i.

In addition to supporting Raw I/O, Large Memory (4GB), 64-bit file I/O,
Integrated JRE (Java Runtime Environment), and Motif 2.1, SuSE includes a
Logical Volume Manager and the Journaling Reiser-FileSystem, features
supporting large Oracle database servers.

The Logical Volume Manager allows users to create virtual partitions that
span many physical partitions and disks. The Professional SuSE user may
increase or decrease the size of the virtual partition during runtime, if
more space is necessary.

The Journaling Reiser-FileSystem, made available to the Open Source
community, was developed in part by SuSE research. In case of a sudden
system failure, Linux systems usually recover by performing an extensive
file system check, which can take several minutes. The Journaling Reiser
FileSystem enables the filesystem to come back up in moments, rather than
minutes, by logging every change to the data structure in the file system.
The SuSE 7.0 installation tool is the first on the market allowing users
to choose either the journaling file system or ext2 at installation.

"The Journaling Reiser-FileSystem is quite an advantageous feature to have
when you are writing to a database, as it minimizes downtime and thereby
helps minimize data loss," said Volker Wiegand, president of SuSE Inc.

"We have a very low-cost solution for Oracle8i optimization," continued
Wiegand. "People who understand Linux software know that everything you
need to successfully implement Oracle8i is available in our distribution."

"Oracle is experiencing significant unprecedented demand for Oracle8i on
Linux," said Doug Kennedy, vice president, Intel Division, Oracle. "SuSE
7.0 Professional Edition is a direct reflection of the engineering efforts
made by SuSE at Oracle to transform Linux into a robust platform for
Oracle-based e-business applications."

SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional Edition will be available in the US in
September for $69.95. SuSE Linux 7.0 Professional Edition includes 1500
software applications as well as manuals for Installation, Application,
Configuration, and Reference, plus 90 days of installation support.

More information about SuSE's compatibility with Oracle8i by SuSE version
and by Oracle8i version is available on SuSE's web site,

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

SuSE Linux 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 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

  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,
  ISDN4Linux, ALSA (Advanced Linux Sound Architecture) and USB (Universal
  Serial Bus). Additional information about SuSE can be found at

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other names and trademarks are
the property of their respective owners. Oracle is a registered trademark
and Orace8i is a trademark or registered trademark of Oracle Corporation.

Contact Information: 

Peigi Cleminshaw
US Marketing Manager
SuSE Inc.
580 Second St., Suite 210         
Oakland, CA 94607                 
T: (510) 628-3380, x5008
F: (510) 628-3381

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