October 27, 2004 1:59 PM PDT

Dell plays price card with Novell Linux

Dell has become the last of the four major server sellers to fully support Novell's SuSE Linux, announcing Wednesday a partnership that puts low prices front and center.

As expected, the Round Rock, Texas-based computer maker elevated Novell, the second-ranked Linux seller, to the status of market leader Red Hat. Customers will be able to buy SuSE Linux Enterprise Server on Dell's dual-processor servers the same way they buy Red Hat Linux, Microsoft Windows or Novell NetWare.

The joint product "will be at the lowest price in the industry--that's for any Linux offering today," said Linda York, vice president of global alliances at Dell. The SuSE Linux license, including full technical support, will cost $175 per year for a single-processor server or $269 per year for a dual-processor server, York said.

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