Terms of the investment were not disclosed. SGI, which also has invested in VA Linux Systems and Turbolinux, is banking its company's future on Linux but has seen its stock hammered amid continuing profitability problems. SGI makes high-end workstations and servers and plans to use Linux as the operating system running on new systems based on Intel's upcoming Itanium processors.
SuSE, one of the handful of well-established companies selling Linux and associated services, faces the task of keeping Red Hat at bay in its core German, Austrian and Swiss markets while trying to expand into the United States. SuSE has an office in Oakland, Calif.
Bolstering this U.S. effort is a deal with IntelliWare Systems, also announced Friday. IntelliWare will distribute SuSE's version of Linux for IBM's zSeries (formerly called S/390) mainframes and will install and support the software, the companies said. Red Hat and Turbolinux also have S/390 versions of Linux in the works, but SuSE's is already available as a product.
IntelliWare, based in Arlington, Texas, has been selling mainframe hardware and software since it was founded in 1990.