Linux platform being developed for Asia

Japan's Miracle Linux and China's Red Flag Software are jointly developing a Linux server platform for corporate and government...

Japan's Miracle Linux and China's Red Flag Software are jointly developing a Linux server platform for corporate and government users in the Asian market.

Working together at Oracle's China Development Centre in Beijing, the companies will collaborate on creating Asianux, a Linux server operating environment providing a common kernel, library and packages for server operating systems.

Red Flag, a Linux operating system supplier, and Miracle Linux, a Linux server operating system developer, will distribute and market Asianux and will base new products such as Red Flag DC 4.1 and Miracle Linux V3.0 on Asianux. Miracle Linux and Red Flag will offer joint technical support for all Asianux-based products, along with Oracle.

Hardware and software, from Oracle and other companies, aimed at taking advantage of Asianux will be certified at the Oracle China Development Centre.

The advantage of such a joint certification programme will be in getting products to market in a more timely fashion while also offering consumers a greater choice of software and hardware products using Linux.

Miracle Linux is also looking into distributing Red Flag's desktop operating system in Japan in collaboration with Red Flag, the companies said.

Following a desire to crack the dominance of Western software companies in the operating system and applications market in Asia, the governments of Japan, China and South Korea have been promoting the development of Linux as an alternative to Microsoft.

In September, the governments launched a joint open-source software project aimed at developing desktop applications, embedded programs, middleware and operating systems.

Laura Rohde writes for IDG News Service

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