SuSE, based in Germany, and Turbolinux, based in Japan, announced a strategic agreement Thursday to jointly develop Linux operating system products for IBM's higher-end servers. The products will be based on SuSE's Enterprise Server software.
UnitedLinux also put SuSE's software at the core, but that partnership only involved Intel processor-based servers. The new alliance covers IBM's mainframe zSeries systems, its Unix pSeries systems and its mid-range iSeries systems.
Turbolinux in August returned to focus on its core Japanese market after unsuccessfully attempting to expand into the North American market and offer shares as an initial public offering.
"This strategic alliance with SuSE provides products and services based on global standards while optimizing local needs," said Turbolinux President Koichi Yano in a statement.