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(IDG News Service) — European enterprises interested in a different approach to acquiring the Linux operating system may want to take a good look at a bundled service package now available from Fujitsu Siemens Computers (Holding) BV. Companies purchasing a Primergy server can acquire Linux software supplied by SuSE Linux AG on a CPU (central processing unit) basis, Fujitsu Siemens said Monday in a statement. The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) software, available as a yearly maintenance package, costs €279 (US$322) per server and CPU and €179 for each additional processor, according to a Fujitsu Siemens spokeswoman. Discounts are available to enterprises wishing to purchase multiple servers with multiple processors as part of a project installation, the spokesman said. Fujitsu Siemens is not pre-installing Linux but its channel partners are free to do so, t... (more)

SCO: Unix plus Linux equals trouble

(IDG News Service) — The SCO Group, arguably, isn't making many friends in the Linux camp these days. Last month it filed a US$1 billion lawsuit against IBM Corp. for allegedly misusing Unix code to bolster Linux efforts. SCO owns Unix System V code, which IBM had licensed to build AIX. SCO now acknowledges it may extend its legal activities to Linux distributors SuSE Linux AG and Red Hat Inc., and doesn't rule out action against users of the open source operating system. The move wouldn't be so unusual if not for the fact that SCO is a founding member of UnitedLinux, a group of... (more)

SCO hit by legal action in Germany

(IDG News Service) — The German subsidiary of The SCO Group Inc. has temporarily shut down its Web site after a local Linux user group received a restraining court order against the U.S. software group, but plans to reactivate the site shortly. "We deactivated our Web site on Friday while we continue to scan for any statements or references to Linux," said Hans Bayer, managing director of SCO GmbH in Hamburg, Germany. "We decided to wait for the new corporate design that the parent company is preparing for all its Web sites worldwide before we reactivate ours." On May 23, lawye... (more)

Munich Chooses "LiMux" Over Microsoft

(IDG News Service) — It's final. After several months of intensive research and debate, the Munich city government has decided to migrate its entire computer network to the open source Linux operating system, dropping Microsoft Corp.'s Windows system in the process. Munich, Germany's third largest city, will equip all of the 14,000 computers in its public administration with Linux and other open source office applications, the city government said Wednesday in a statement. SuSE Linux AG and IBM Corp. have worked closely with city government officials to help them make a "strategi... (more)

Report: Microsoft's Ballmer fights Linux in Munich

MUNICH (IDG News Service) — None other than Microsoft chief executive officer Steve Ballmer paid a personal visit to Munich city mayor Christian Ude at the end of last month to drum up support for the company's operating system software, which faces growing competition from open-source Linux, according to a report in the German newspaper SüddeutscheZeitung, citing people familiar with the situation. Munich, which is widely viewed as the IT capital of Germany , is considering a switch from Microsoft to Linux following a study that claims the city will save money and increas... (more)