June 20, 2008

Micro-Star Distributes Notebooks With Pre-Loaded SUSE Linux Enterprise

Novell has announced that Micro-Star International, a manufacturer of computer hardware products and solutions based in Taiwan, is pre-installing SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 on MSI's low-cost mini-notebooks.

The initial pre-loaded model, the Wind Notebook, is a segment of low-cost mini-notebooks, termed 'netbooks' by Intel. Powered by the new Intel Atom processor, the Wind netbook will be available worldwide and comes pre-loaded with SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop as well as the OpenOffice.org productivity suite and a host of wireless, security and multimedia capabilities.

Since 2006, Micro-Star International (MSI) and Novell have collaborated to provide SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop for MSI desktops and notebooks, but this is the first pre-load agreement between the two companies.

Roger Levy, senior vice president and general manager of open platform solutions at Novell, said: "Novell is excited to partner with MSI to pre-install SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop on its low-cost notebooks powered by Intel's Atom processor. The market is primed for desktop Linux, and by combining MSI's highly-mobile, full-featured notebooks with Novell's enterprise-ready desktop operating system, customers now have the best of both worlds a comprehensive and easy-to-use solution at a very affordable price."