Swiss to use Novell's Linux platform

Officials from the Swiss federal government announced this week that they will use Novell’s enterprise Linux technology under a new agreement.

More than 3,000 government-operated servers will run on the Novell’s SUSE Linux platform, according to a company press release.

“Linux has been gradually introduced into various government departments in recent years, but this is the first formalized procurement process regarding the introduction of Linux at a federal level,” Jürg Roemer, delegate for information strategy of the Swiss Federal Government, said in a press release.

“The Swiss Federal Government wants greater operational efficiencies and lower costs from its technology infrastructure,” Tom Francese, president of Novell Europe, Middle East and Africa, said in the release.

“This agreement is a great vote of confidence in Novell, Linux and open source, and serves as a strong example for other large organizations, whether public or private, who are looking to open standards and open source to improve their operations,” he added.

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