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Turbolinux to ship with HP commercial desktop PC systems.

Turbolinux, a provider of Linux solutions, has announced the Turbolinux operating system will be distributed on HP Compaq business desktop PCs in 12 countries throughout Asia.

"The adoption of Linux on the desktop across Asia is booming," said Koichi Yano, president and COO of Turbolinux, Inc. "We're pleased to partner with HP to give customers an integrated desktop solution tailored to meet business requirements in many different markets."

Turbolinux will also provide HP customers with 1.1, the integrated open source application suite that offers desktop productivity software with similar functionality and the look and feel of Microsoft's Office product. Customers can easily exchange files created and edited in OpenOffice with Microsoft Office.

"HP offers a portfolio of Linux solutions on industry-standard hardware and software to enhance customer productivity," said Tad Bodeman, director of software product marketing, Personal Systems Group at HP. "HP's offering of Turbolinux in Asia demonstrates our commitment to serving our customers' needs around the globe."

The Turbolinux OEM software bundle is built around Turbolinux 10 Desktop (10D), one of the first distributions to ship with the new Linux 2.6 kernel. It is designed to capture the intuitive look and feel of popular desktop user interfaces, including those for viewing and sharing local files and browsing networks.

In addition, 10D offers applications for advanced technologies such as 802.11b, FireWire, CD-ROM burning, Bluetooth and digital camera image loading software. Customers can easily update the desktop software with the latest Linux kernel, packages and security patches--usually without a system reboot--by using a graphical update tool.

This announcement builds on recent news that Turbolinux will offer Linux on HP systems in the People's Republic of China. The new agreement adds 11 new countries, including Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Turbolinux will provide technical support to HP's engineers to assist in resolving any complex support issues. Turbolinux and HP have pre-certified all hardware to be shipped under the OEM agreement for Linux compatibility and smooth operation. In addition, customers can download from the Turbolinux Web site all GPL source code shipped with the HP Compaq business desktop PCs.
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Date:Mar 22, 2004
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