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March 31, 2005

Novell offers break for cash-strapped German govt

Novell will offer German public sector organizations significant discounts on all its products, a spokesperson said yesterday.

By CBR Staff Writer

The Waltham, Massachusetts-based software company says it will provide tailored discounts of up to 60% on all its products to German public sector agencies that have more than 500 users.

The discount program will be welcomed by Germany’s public sector which has recently been feeling the ill effects of dwindling tax revenue and a stale economy. It is not clear whether the program will be extended to other European countries as well.

The move is part of Novell’s wider agenda of sparking greater adoption of the open source Linux operating system, which is freely available in its rawest form.

Novell has a vested interest in the success of Linux after acquiring Germany’s SuSE Linux in 2003. The company has also inked deals with the German subsidiaries of Hewlett-Packard and IBM to jointly deliver Linux-based IT applications to local public sector organizations.

The German government is also spearheading greater Linux adoption in the country. Novell plans to open two new Linux migration centers in Nuremberg this month to help public sector organization make the jump.

German public sector agencies have until October 15 to take advantage of the discounts.

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