Giant Retailer Chooses SUSE Linux Enterprise Platform to Run Desktops and Servers

W.S. Badcock putting SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell in more than 320 stores

15 August 2006

Novell today announced that one of the largest home furnishings retailers in the United States is installing SUSE® Linux Enterprise Desktop 10 from Novell® on all of its in-store sales terminals across more than 320 stores. W.S. Badcock Corporation, with stores in eight states in the southeastern U.S., also plans to use SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 to run its extensive point-of-sale store management system, taking advantage of the SUSE Linux Enterprise platform to handle both front- and back-office systems.

“Our goal is to have one common platform across the enterprise, and SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell will completely meet our needs at a reasonable cost,” said Veryl White, director of Technology Infrastructure for Badcock. “Novell is helping us reduce overhead throughout the enterprise, providing top-notch, enterprise-class software and capabilities that would be cost-prohibitive from a proprietary software vendor.”

Badcock will consolidate on one Linux* distribution, replacing any instances of Red Hat* Linux with SUSE Linux Enterprise from Novell. Badcock's store management system includes approximately 100 applications, all of which will run on SUSE Linux Enterprise on IBM* xSeries* servers. The management capabilities of Novell ZENworks® will be a key part of Badcock's deployment, along with Novell's world-class support and training offerings.

Susan Heystee, president of Novell Americas, said, “As more customers learn about and experience the advantages of running Linux on the desktop, they discover the synergies of running SUSE Linux Enterprise on their servers, as well. Linux is now a clear alternative for enterprises of all kinds, enabling them to run their businesses effectively at a dramatically lower cost.”

Founded in 1904, Badcock is headquartered in Mulberry, Fla., and has more than 1,200 corporate employees. With more than 320 stores in eight states, Badcock offers customers a full range of furniture, bedding, appliances, electronics, accessories and floor coverings. More information can be found at

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