SAP delivers R/3 for Linux

German ERPsoftware giant SAP has made SAP R/3, a major component of the company's site, available for the Linux operating system. is the portal for the company's Internet-based software model. The service is based on a model of charging per user or per number of transactions conducted, leaning toward the application service provider (ASP) method of pricing.

SAP has already shipped versions of the program for Linux to 100 customers. During the first and second quarters of this year, SAP plans to deliver additional applications for the operating system, including the SAP Business Information Warehouse and SAP Business-to-Business Procurement, the company said in a release.

SAP has also joined forces with Linux distributor Red Hat to support Red Hat 6.1 Enterprise Version 1.0, certified by the company's own SAP LinuxLab.