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China's Red Flag Linux prepares for global debut

An alliance between Hewlett-Packard and Chinese Linux developer Red Flag Software should lead to co-operation between the two companies on technology development and marketing of Red Flag Linux to companies in China and around the world.

The alliance, announced in Beijing last month, strengthens a long-standing relationship between the two companies and represents a milestone in Red Flag's plans to expand its business outside the world's most populous country.

The two companies will first target China, and then expand their work to include Asia-Pacific and the rest of the world. No timeframe was given for when Red Flag will expand its enterprise software business beyond China.

Under the agreement reached between the two companies, HP and Red Flag have committed to work together to develop and market Red Flag Linux to enterprise customers in China. HP will provide Red Flag with help in sales and marketing, technology development, training and support services.

HP has a long-standing relationship with Red Flag that stretches back to the Linux developer's earliest days. Compaq, which HP acquired in 2002, was one of the three original partners that introduced the first versions of the Red Flag distribution of Linux in 1999 in China.

The other two partners were the Institute of Software Academia Sinica Sino-Software System and Beijing Founder Electronics.

On the product side, HP will support Red Flag Server Series 4 and other products on its Integrity and ProLiant servers. The two companies will also work with Oracle, Intel and BEA Systems, among others, to develop a common application platform for users in the government, telecoms and financial sectors,

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service


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