SuSE Leads Latest Version of Linux into the Alpha Platform

SuSE Linux, the international technology leader and solutions provider in Open Source operating system, announced that SuSE Linux 7.1 for Compaq's AlphaServer systems will be available by the end of May. By porting the latest SuSE distribution to Compaq's 64-bit technology, SuSE proves itself again as a leading provider of Linux server solutions. Apart from the Alpha platform, SuSE Linux also supports Intel and PowerPC CPUs as well as the SPARC and S/390 architectures. SuSE Linux for AlphaServers comes with the proven Linux Kernel 2.2.19 as well as the latest Kernel 2.4.4 as a special bonus for technophile users. With more than 1,200 programs included, SuSE Linux for AlphaServers provides a comprehensive array of applications. The system offers professional Linux solutions for virtually any utilization area. Apart from Internet and network tools, SuSE Linux 7.1 for AlphaServers comes with a wide range of database applications, development tools, office and image processing software, and window managers. A user may select among two graphical user interfaces, KDE 2.1 or GNOME 1.2. The combined installation and configuration program YaST2 has been equipped with a number of additional configuration and administration features. ATI and Matrox graphics chipsets now benefit from the improved performance of XFree86 4.0.2. The installation tool SaX2 facilitates the setup of graphics cards. The user is provided with all boot loaders for Linux on AlphaServer systems - Milo 2.2, APB, and Aboot 0.7a.

Compilers for Compaq C, C++, and Fortran, and the respective math libraries are also included. SuSE Linux not only boasts comprehensive network capabilities, stability, and flexibility, but it also paves the way to a uniform and rational administration of heterogeneous networks, regardless of the platform being used. Development and acquisition costs for strategic software products are minimized. The low acquisition costs of the Linux operating system and the permanently reduced administration expenditures contribute to considerable savings in the operating costs for large server farms. SuSE Linux 7.1 for AlphaServers will be delivered on 6 CDs with a 500-page manual. The 60-day installation support, which is included in the purchase price, provides assistance for the installation. By the end of May, SuSE Linux for AlphaServers will be available directly from SuSE as well as from bookstores and software retailers at a recommended retail price of USD 49.95.