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UPDATED: 08:50, March 02, 2005
Linux developers from China, Japan to develop Universal OS infrastructure
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The Nanjing-based Sun Wah Linux Limited announced Tuesday a strategic alliance with VA Linux System Japan K.K., a leading provider of Linux solutions for telecommunications and enterprise systems markets.

The alliance will jointly develop a universal Debian GNU/Linux infrastructure and actively promote the adoption of Debian-based systems in both Japan and China.

The partnership of the two companies aims to capitalize on the competitive forces of both VA Linux's technological excellence on server-level applications including the Linux Kernel, and SWL's rich experience on desktop applications and knowledge of internationalization (I18N) techniques, especially for Asian languages.

The synergy of the two core competencies and strong dedication to Debian development assure a steep rise in the presence of Debian GNU/Linux in the global market. And both firms will in cooperation promote the adoption of Debian-based systems in both Japanese and Chinese domestic markets, particularly the telecommunications and enterprise sectors in Japan and government and public arenas in China.

"In Asia, especially in Japan and China, Open Source is gettinghuge publicity and is now well-received," said Tetsuya Ueda, President and CEO of VA Linux in Tokyo. "To promote a truly free and universal OS such as Debian supports this trend strongly and pushes it further. We at VA Linux regard Debian as indispensable since it provides our valuable customers with a practical alternative, which can be freely used and deployed, and is highly customizable. I am sure that the strategic alliance with SWL will push Debian one step further, and considerably facilitate the adoption of Open Source solutions in both Japan and China."

"The Asia Open Source movement is gathering momentum for the next stage of explosive growth. Co-operation is the essence to achieve success in any given open source project. I am excited about joining forces with VA Linux of Japan to further accelerate Debian development. Aside from technological discoveries and strategic marketing, the partnership also allows us to nurture Debian specialists in both countries, with the aim of doubling thenumber of official Debian developers in the near future," said Alex Banh, CEO of Sun Wah Linux in Nanjing.

"The Debian Project is a rock solid open source distribution and is an inseparable part of the Sun Wah Linux business. It promotes true open source spirit and offers incomparable values toour customers. I am seeing a growing number of Debian users in China and I am certain that the strategic alliance with VA Linux will contribute significantly to the development and adoption of Open Source solutions in our respective countries," Banh said.

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