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Chinese railway takes Linux on board

China's Ministry of Railways has chosen Linux to centralise its package delivery operations.

China's Ministry of Railways has chosen Linux to centralise its package delivery operations.

The department has signed a deal with Turbolinux to provide the Linux operating system and related applications, including the company's TurboHA high-availability server support application, which was developed by Turbolinux in China.

The system will process 95% of the freight volume handled by the railways, which totals approximately 200 million parcels each year. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

The package delivery system, which integrates postal services and rail transportation, will cover 14 provincial railway bureaux, 230 railway stations and more than 440 package delivery service facilities.

Under the terms of the contract, Turbolinux will provide 300 copies of its server product and TurboHA, which will be installed on 160 servers.

The Turbolinux-designed system will offer tracking and package delivery management functions, upgraded security measures that employ password-based authentication, and will provide package-delivery information to the public.

Turbolinux's other Chinese customers include China Petroleum and Chemical and the Shanghai Futures Exchange.

Sumner Lemon writes for IDG News Service

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