CeBIT: SAP details plans to release R/3 for Linux

SAP, Germany's largest software company, unveiled detailed plans to support the Linux operating systems at CeBIT on Thursday.

SAP CEO and co-founder Hasso Plattner announced the group's new moto: "Enjoy SAP". The slogan is designed to reflect the company's efforts to achieve simple handling of the business management standard software, R/3, in time for its release on April 6.

Plattner then spoke of the company's Linux activities: supporting Linux should not create any complications as the R/3 architecture is always laid down independently of the platform. Furthermore, SAP has, in principal, been supporting Unix-Systems for a long time. Customer servicing of R/3 on Linux should, said the company, not be a problem.

Plattner named four SAP-partners who offer Intel based hardware support, on which R/3 runs. Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Siemens.

Red Hat Linux was chosen for the distribution of 4.0B as of R/3's release. Plattner implied that applications, databases and servers will all be able to run together. R/3 for Linux will be up for grabs as from the second half of this year, added Plattner.

Thanks to ZDNet Germany for this report. Translated by Sophie Handrick

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