This week, SUSE's Oakland, Calif.-based U.S. subsidiary launched an education program that will extend to schools, universities and nonprofit organizations a discount of more than 40 percent on its Linux software if it is purchased through CCV Software, Charleston, W.Va., or RICIS, Tinley Park, Ill. Both are SUSE partners.
Offering students additional discounts is a good way to seed the future Linux market, said Chris Maresca, president of Olliance Consulting, a Linux solution provider in Palo Alto, Calif.
"It will probably have some impact in the education market, since early exposure to Linux will encourage adoption in the future. This is why Microsoft is donating software to educational institutions," Maresca said. "But it's a long-term strategy."