Novell announced that SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3, the new version of Novell’s Linux retail product, is available today. The latest version takes Linux for the home enthusiast to a new level of ease of use and system performance. With a complete Linux operating system, productivity software, and home networking capabilities, SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3 provides both the advanced applications tools that experienced users demand, as well as the ease of installation and security that newcomers to Linux desire. As a result, Novell is making it easier than ever before for individuals to leverage the power of Linux at an affordable price.

SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3 includes a leading edge Linux operating system, over 3,000 open source packages, including a complete set of desktop applications, convenient installation media, and comprehensive documentation and installation support. For general purpose users, SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3 includes everything one would need for home computing and computing on-the-go, including the latest OpenOffice productivity suite and Firefox web browser, email and instant messaging tools, digital photo organizers, multimedia viewers, mobility support and basic networking capabilities.

More advanced users will find tools for setting up a secure home network, running a Web server, developing applications, and creating a virtualized environment. In addition, SUSE LINUX Professional delivers several important new technology previews to the open source community, including Xen technology for virtualization, Beagle desktop search and Linphone for voice over IP. SUSE LINUX Professional 9.3 continues Novell’s tradition of delivering the leading open source technologies on the market to end users in a manageable, cost effective manner.

Availability and Pricing
SUSE LINUX Professional is offered globally via all major retail channels and online shops at the suggested retail price of approximately $140 (CDN). Customers of earlier versions can purchase an update edition for approximately $85 (CDN). Students providing proof of eligibility will be able to purchase the entire offering for the upgrade price.