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SuSE and Turbolinux join forces to boost market share

Linux operating system vendors SuSE Linux and Turbolinux are partnering to offer versions of their products for three lines of IBM servers in the Asian, European and US markets.

Turbolinux said it will merge its multilingual support and related key features with SuSE Linux Enterprise Server to create separate new versions that each company will sell in its core marketplaces by the end of the year.

For SuSE, that will be in Europe and the USA. For Turbolinux, the target market will be the Asia-Pacific area.

The alliance will feature engineering collaboration and joint sales and marketing. Products will be available for IBM eServer zSeries mainframes and iSeries and pSeries servers.

The deal is seen as a boost for SuSE's efforts to get more exposure and sales in Asia, where the sales leader is Turbolinux. "We need a reseller and distributor in the Asian market," said Holger Dyroff, general manager of the Americas for SuSE, based in Germany. SuSE will sell the enhanced product as SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.

Michael Jennings, director of US operations for Japan-based Turbolinux, said that by working together, the two companies can gain market share and increase their expertise.

He said the new customised products will simplify IBM's offerings to customers on the three lines of IBM machines.

The new products, Jennings said, will not compete with the upcoming UnitedLinux project, which brings together SuSE, Turbolinux and two other Linux vendors that are creating a standardised version of Linux for business computing. UnitedLinux operating systems will be aimed at Intel-based systems and not at IBM's z, i or eSeries servers, he said.

Pricing for the new operating systems was unavailable.

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