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Compaq To Co-develop Chinese 64-bit UNIX

Compaq Computer Corp.(NYSE: CPQ) today signed a landmark agreement with the China National Computer Software and Technology Service Corp. (CS&S) to co-develop an enhanced and localized 64-bit UNIX for the PRC market.

Compaq will provide CS&S with the source code of its Tru64 UNIX, the new name for Digital UNIX, to develop COSIX64.

According to Compaq, the new Chinese UNIX will be fully binary compatible with Compaq's Tru64 UNIX meaning all applications running on Tru64 UNIX can be easily ported to run on the COSIX64 platform.

Eckhard Pfeiffer, president and CEO of Compaq who is currently on a four-day visit in China, participated in the signing with Wang Zhigang, president of CS&S, and Lu Xinkui, vice minister of the Ministry of Information Industry (MII), in Beijing.

The agreement is the result of a memorandum of understanding that Compaq and CS&S signed in September last year.

"Today is a very important day for Compaq," said Pfeiffer. "We are committed to China's long-term development. We are also committed to strengthening our relationships with the Ministry of Information Industry and CS&S."

"The growing popularity of networking and e-commerce in the market is driving greater demand for 64-bit UNIX systems," added Pfeiffer.

Wang said, "We're pleased to enter into this agreement with Compaq to develop COSIX64, bringing a Chinese-branded 64-bit UNIX operating system to China. It will be the most technologically advanced, reliable and mature 64-bit UNIX available in China."

"For many years, CS&S lacked partners committed to a long-term relationship to develop operating systems. Our co-operation with Compaq is built on the basis of a long-term, mutually beneficial relationship."

Compaq will also offer CS&S full technical support in the development of COSIX64 and both organizations will engage in joint marketing efforts to promote the new 64-bit Chinese UNIX in the PRC market.

"CS&S and Compaq share a common strategic vision and the co-operation between them will have a positive effect on the local information industry as well as on China's society and economy," said Lu. "MII will actively support the collaboration of the two companies."

CS&S is a software enterprise under the administration of the MII, and, with more than 40 subsidiaries in China and overseas, CS&S is the largest systems integrator in China.

CS&S devotes its R&D to open systems-based operating systems, software tools and applications software. It is a vendor of Chinese operating platforms and applications for commerce, finance, office automation, machine translation, insurance, taxation, telecommunications and hotel management.