European Linux distributor SuSE Linux has ported its version of the open source software to Sun Microsystems' Sparc architecture to strengthen its offerings for the enterprise market.
SuSE already supports PowerPC processors, IBM's S/390 and RS/6000 platforms, Digital's Alpha chips and Intel platforms.
Dirk Hondel, SuSE's chief technology officer, said: "The community of Linux users worldwide continues to grow, and we are meeting the current and future needs of the market. With the addition of the Sparc architecture, SuSE continues to support the porting of Linux to the enterprise level."
Sun's Sparc-based workstations and servers have been enjoying a resurgence among ISPs and universities recently, and have found success in software and electronic development, mechanical construction, printing and electronic media, telecoms, banking, insurance and financial sectors.
"The Sparc platform is extremely stable and the addition of Linux creates an ideal server environment," said Hondel.
SuSE has been working to strengthen its enterprise focus and last month agreed with IBM to ship single-CD versions of SuSE Linux 7.0 with every IBM Netfinity server model 1000, 3000 and 3500 M20 in Europe until the end of the year. The agreement also enables IBM to ship Netfinity servers pre-loaded or bundled with a full version of SuSE Linux.
SuSE and Advanced Micro Devices last month agreed to port SuSE Linux to the chip maker's latest 64bit architecture, x86-64, while also teaming up with Oracle to push Oracle-based Linux systems.
SuSE Linux for Sparc can be downloaded free of charge from ftp://ftp.suse.com/pub/suse/sparc.
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