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Siemens: First Provider with Full Support for Linux

 Targeting a Top Three position in European Linux market by end of 1999

Siemens Computer Systems is aggressively expanding its business strategy for
Linux, and is now offering customers the Open Source Operating System
directly as a component part of the Siemens product range. Siemens Computer
Systems' Competence Centres will support users by providing Professional
Services expertise and maintenance and training support for integrating
Linux in their IT solutions.  

Support and security are important prerequisites when using Linux,
particularly for commercial users. When buying a Siemens Computer Systems
computer, customers can also sign a service contract for Linux and a simple
call to the Siemens IT support operation is all that is needed when service
or support is required.  

In certifying servers and clients, Siemens works very closely with SuSE, the
leading European systems house for Linux. SuSE also offers its own Linux
support for Siemens Celsius workstations and Primergy servers, and announced
this cooperation with Siemens at CeBIT 99.

Siemens will continue to increase its commitment on the Linux front. One
major step in this direction was the announcement at CeBIT 99 that SAP R/3
will be offered and supported under Linux on Siemens' Primergy servers.
Siemens is also working closely with leading software partners such as
Oracle, Informix and Sybase to ensure that their applications will be "Ready
for Linux" operation on Primergy Servers and Celsius Workstations.

Siemens Computer Systems is the leading European supplier of information
technology, and forms part of the Siemens Information and Communication
Products Group. The company offers the industry's broadest range of computer
systems from a single supplier, ranging from home computers and Net PCs
through to notebooks, desktops, workstations, high-end servers and mainframe
systems. In addition to its comprehensive range of hardware products,
Siemens Computer Systems is focused on delivering platforms for solutions in
key business areas including e-commerce, data warehousing and SAP R/3.

The Siemens Information and Communication Products Group is a significant
part of the DM50 billion turnover Siemens Information and Communications
business segment. This new business was formed on the 1st October 1998 in
response to the growing requirement for converged IT and communications
products, solutions and services.

For more press information
Please contact: Rebecca Hartley
                Press Relations
                Direct Line: 01252 555396
                Siemens Computer Systems
                rebecca.hartley@siemens.co.uk

For further information about Siemens Computer Systems, please visit our web
site at www.siemens.co.uk/cs



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