Novell Supports Enterprise Linux Customers with New Linux Indemnification Program
PROVO, Utah — Jan. 13, 2004 — Novell today announced it will offer its SUSE LINUX Enterprise Server customers a new indemnification program designed to provide an additional measure of protection against certain intellectual property challenges to Linux.
With the closing of Novell's acquisition of SUSE LINUX and the addition of the SUSE LINUX distribution to Novell's product offerings, Novell is now unique among Linux vendors in offering a full stack Linux solution, providing global technical support for Linux, and, through its new Novell Linux Indemnification Program, giving enterprise customers additional reassurance about deploying Linux in their organizations.
"Novell is committed to the success of Linux," said Jack Messman, chairman and CEO of Novell. "With our new indemnification program, we are reducing the barriers to the adoption of Linux in the enterprise."
Linux and open source solutions have grown rapidly in recent years, moving from peripheral uses into more business critical functions. As enterprises consider making strategic investments in Linux, they face the question of indemnification, a standard component of most traditional proprietary software offerings but generally unavailable for Linux. Novell's Linux Indemnification Program will afford qualifying Novell Linux customers a measure of protection against potential copyright infringement claims.
"This is an important next step in the industry's move to make Linux safe from litigation for end customers," said Martin Fink, vice president of Linux, HP. "Since September, only HP customers have been able to move forward with confidence in their business-critical Linux environments. We are pleased to see and are in favor of Novell's effort to extend protection and peace of mind to its customer base."
Novell's Linux Indemnification Program
Novell's indemnification program is designed for enterprise customers of Linux. Under the program:
Additional details on the program are available at http://www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity.
Novell's Unique Legal Rights
Novell also made available today additional information on the unique contractual and intellectual property rights it holds because of its position in the historical ownership chain of UNIX and UnixWare. These rights include:
Copies of relevant correspondence between Novell and SCO are available at http://www.novell.com/licensing/indemnity/legal.html. The rights reflected in these documents are part of the foundation for the indemnification program Novell is announcing today.
Special Program for Current Linux Users
For those enterprise users of Linux who are not currently Novell SUSE LINUX customers, Novell will soon announce a special program whereby they can become Novell SUSE LINUX customers and participate in the indemnification program.
"We believe our new Linux indemnification program, supported by our unique legal rights, will provide enterprise customers with one more reason to include Linux in their information technology plans," Messman said.
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