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Court halts SuSE Linux shipments

Software company SuSE Linux has been forced to stop shipments of its open-source operating system in Germany after a temporary...

Software company SuSE Linux has been forced to stop shipments of its open-source operating system in Germany after a temporary injunction was issued in a copyright case.

An unnamed plaintiff has filed suit and shipments were halted at the beginning of this week, said SuSE spokesman Christian Egle. He added, however, that copies of the software already in the distribution pipeline can still be sold.

"SuSE Linux is still available at bookstores and specialist computer shops," he said. "We're in contact with the other party (in the lawsuit) and are hopeful for a good conclusion."

He declined to give further details about the case and the plaintiff's attorney was not immediately available for comment.

A source close to the company said, however, that the dispute centres around a graphics program SuSE calls "Krayon," whose name closely resembles that of "Crayon" brand graphics software published by Crayon Vertriebs, a spin-off of Seidel Softwareservice.

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