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Peugeot Citroën rolls out desktop Linux

PSA Peugeot Citroën is to use Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop solution on 20,000 PCs, and the supplier’s Linux software on 2,500 servers.

The deal is the latest Linux coup for Novell, which recently saw Microsoft sell on its Linux solutions to retail giant Wal-Mart.

The carmaker is the second-biggest automobile supplier in Europe and the deal comes as Novell steps up its effort to increase Linux sales to offset a drop in business from its ageing Netware network operating system.

An IT representative at the car firm said, “We found SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to be well supported and extremely user friendly.

“Novell's commitment to open source and close collaboration with leading hardware and application vendors to ensure the support of our IT requirements were key factors in our choice. In addition, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop integrates seamlessly in our Windows-based infrastructure,” the representative said.

Last year, Novell signed a peace pact with rival Microsoft which saw both firms agree to develop joint solutions that could enable Novell and Microsoft products to more easily work together, and allow Microsoft to sell on Linux solutions.

SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop includes three-dimensional desktop graphics, integrated desktop search facilities, and a fully compatible office productivity suite built around the Novell edition of the open-source OpenOffice.org software.

Related article: Novell unveils OpenSUSE Build Service for developers

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