Linux platform being developed for Asia

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

Working together at Oracle Corp.’s China Development Center 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, the companies said Wednesday. The overarching goal to is to build Linux standards in the Asian market, the companies added.

Red Flag, a Linux operating system vendor, and Miracle Linux, a Linux server operating system developer, will individually distribute and market Asianux and plan to 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.

Oracle owns a 58.5 per cent stake in Miracle Linux, according to the company’s Web site.

Representatives from Red Flag and Miracle Linux could not immediately comment Wednesday on when products using Asianux will be available.

Hardware and software, from Oracle and other companies, aimed at taking advantage of Asianux will be certified at the Oracle China Development Center. The advantage of such a joint certification program 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, the companies said.

In addition to the Asianux collaboration, 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 actively 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.

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