Novell has announced that the government of Switzerland plans to migrate 3,000 of its servers to Linux, utilising Novell’s SUSE Linux operating system. Apparently, the government of Switzerland was attracted to Linux on grounds of its operational efficiency and cost. The value of the contract has not been disclosed.

"Linux has been gradually introduced into various government departments in recent years, but this is the first formalized procurement process regarding the introduction of Linux at a federal level," said Jurg Roemer, Delegate for Information Strategy of the Swiss Federal Government.