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Novell lands major Linux desktop contract in France

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At the Paris Solutions Linux show on Jan. 30, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Europe's second-largest automobile manufacturer, and Novell announced the signing of a multiyear contract for the deployment of up to 20,000 Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop installations plus 2,500 copies of SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

Unlike recent Novell Linux deals that were released with a great deal of fanfare, such as Novell's recent sale, via Microsoft, to Wal-Mart, this deal appears to have been made solely on the Linux desktop's own merits. In the Wal-Mart deal, as ace Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley noted, getting SUSE Linux into Wal-Mart had more to do with Microsoft COO Kevin Turner having been Wal-Mart's former CIO, than with SUSE's virtues.

This major SUSE deal with PSA Peugeot Citroen is another matter. "We found SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to be well supported and extremely user friendly."

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