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SuSE bundles Linux server for business

The open source company is bundling e-mail and groupware applications with its Linux server operating system in a new product aimed at the business market.

SuSE Linux is bundling e-mail and groupware applications with its Linux server operating system in a new product aimed at the business market.

The SuSE Linux Openexchange Server features SuSE's Linux Enterprise Server. Customers of SuSE's Linux eMail Server 3.x and Maintenance Service will be able to migrate to the new product, the company said.

Linux, a Unix-like operating system, is open source, meaning developers release their versions for free download and share improvements with others. Companies like SuSE make money primarily by selling support and services.

SuSE has been working with other Linux developers on UnitedLinux, a uniform version of Linux for businesses.

The Openexchange Server bundle, expected to be available in mid-November, includes four CDs, manuals, 30 days of installation support, and 12 months of system maintenance. A base license of ten groupware clients and an unlimited number of e-mail clients is $1,249.

The product includes features such as a Web mail client, scheduling, central address and document management, and a group discussion forum.