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Japanese Firm Buys Into Open Source

Looking to tap into the growing Linux market in Asia, Japanese software company Software Research Associates (SRA) bought the Linux software business from open-source operating system maker Turbolinux.

Under terms of the deal, the Turbolinux Linux software business will become a division of SRA, keeping the Tubolinux brand. San Francisco-based Turbolinux will keep its PowerCockpit server-provisioning product. It will announce the formation of a new company around this business in the coming weeks, the companies said.

"The combined strength of SRA and Turbolinux will enable Turbolinux to focus on its growing Linux software business and capitalize on its founding member role within the UnitedLinux initiative," said Ryugo Marumori, SRA's president, in a statement.

The Turbolinux unit, which will be based in Tokyo, will become the hub of SRA's Linux operations. SRA has appointed Hajime Watanabe CEO and Koichi Yano president and COO.

With a presence in both China and Korea, Turbolinux is a leader in the Asian Linux market, which analysts anticipate as key area for global growth of open-source software. According to researcher IDC, the overall Linux market was $80 billion in 2001, with Asia contributing 34 percent of total new Linux client and server operating environments license shipments in 2001.

"Turbolinux, combined with SRA's strength in the software industry, will further the Turbolinux lead as the number one Linux server operating system in the Asian market," said Ly-Huong Pham, Turbolinux's CEO.

SRA said it would continue Turbolinux's support of UnitedLinux, a consortium formed in May with Caldera, Conectiva, and SuSE Linux. UnitedLinux is committed to producing a unified brand of Linux that would compete with open-source software from Red Hat for corporate customers. A week ago, UnitedLinux announced it would >a href="http://siliconvalley.internet.com/news/article.php/1446201">release a beta version next month.

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