SuSE Linux AG plans to start shipping its Linux-based Standard Server 8 software worldwide in September.

The German software vendor, a founding member of the UnitedLinux distributor consortium, will present a beta version of the new server software next Tuesday at the LinuxTag exhibition and conference in Karlsruhe, Germany, said company spokesman Christian Egle.

"We also plan to present the software to users in the U.S. in the coming weeks before we start shipping it in September," he said. "We're in the final stages of testing the product."

Standard Server 8 software is designed for small and medium-size enterprises and organizations, SuSE said Wednesday in a statement. The software will be available for 32-bit processors (x86) from Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD) and Intel Corp. It will support up to two CPUs (central processing units).

The software package, which includes installation and system support, will cost about €450 (US$509) in retail outlets, SuSE said.