SAS Institute to Port Software to Linux

SAS Institute will release a Linux version of its flagship SAS software in the latter half of 2000. For the thousands of companies and organizations that rely on SAS software and solutions to help turn their data into knowledge for better business decisions, this will mean another choice in operating systems.

"We have surveyed our customers regarding Linux and closely monitored the Linux marketplace for some time," says Keith Collins, SAS Institute's Vice President of Research and Development. "Based on positive customer feedback, as well as the increasing number of Fortune 1000 companies looking seriously at Linux as a viable operating-system choice for their business applications, we felt that the time was right for us to offer a Linux version of SAS software. We're also pleased by the recent moves to support Linux by IBM, Intel and other SAS technology partners."

SAS Institute plans to ship a production version of SAS software for Red Hat Linux on Intel hardware near the end of the year. The Institute will work to ensure that the Linux version of SAS software runs on all major distributions of Linux.

Before production of the new Linux version of SAS software, SAS Institute will work with existing customers in business, public and academic settings to field-test the new Red Hat Linux version. This field-testing will provide SAS developers with valuable feedback on hardware configuration, compatibility, software installation and other issues.