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HP and SuSE target German public sector

The German subsidiaries of Hewlett-Packard and Novell are teaming up to offer Linux-based products to the country's huge public sector.

Hewlett-Packard Deutschland and Novell will collaborate in providing German public sector organisations with favourably priced, easy-to-implement IT systems based on the open-source operating system, the two companies announced this week.

Novell, which acquired Germany's SuSE Linux last year, will bring its SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 9 to the public sector initiative, as well as a client version of the operating system and additional administration and security tools, the company said.

For its part, HP will provide a range of Linux-optimised products, including server, storage systems, desktop PCs, notebooks, thin clients and printers. "We will be providing these products at very favourable conditions that include 0% leasing for 24 months and even longer," said Marina Walser, director of marketing for central Europe at Novell.

In addition to pricing, HP and Novell will collaborate in developing new Linux-based applications for the public sector and, equally important, in helping organisations migrate existing proprietary applications to open source, Walser said.

Novell has a similar partnership with IBM to supply Linux-based IT through a deal IBM reached with SuSE Linux in 2002.

John Blau writes for IDG News Service

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