French car maker opts for Linux

By   |  January 31, 2007

PSA Peugeot Citroën, the second-largest automobile manufacturer in Europe, has signed a deal with Novell to use their SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop.

The exact details of the deal have not been disclosed, but the announcement by the two companies said they had signed a “multi-year contract allowing the deployment of up to 20 000 Linux desktops plus 2 500 Linux servers from Novell”. The duration of the contract and the actual number of machines remain vague at this point.

“We found SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop to be well supported and extremely user friendly,” said an IT representative for PSA Peugeot Citroën. “Novell’s commitment to open source and close collaboration with leading hardware and application vendors to ensure the support of our IT requirements were key factors in our choice. In addition, SUSE Linux Enterprise Desktop integrates seamlessly in our Windows-based infrastructure.”

Ron Hovsepian, president and CEO of Novell, said, “We are pleased to provide a compelling alternative to PSA Peugeot Citroën’s current proprietary desktop platform and help the organisation reduce costs while advancing its next-generation IT architecture.”

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