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Red Flag & Miracle Beta Asianux

Red Flag & Miracle Beta Asianux

China's Red Flag Software Company and Japan's Miracle Linux Corporation, which Oracle helped to set up, say they have a beta of Asianux 1.0, the Linux distribution they hope to make the Asian standard.

The twosome has been working on Asianux since January. It's a manner of the two sharing a common kernel, library and packages.

Although still in beta, the pair is offering to certify ISVs and are waving around a list of some 40 vendors that plan to get early certification. The names on the list include Computer Associates Japan, BakBone Software KK, Hitachi, Micro Focus KK, NEC, Nihon F-Secure, Nihon Unisys, Oracle of course, SteelEye Technology, Toshiba and Trend Micro.

The Asianux Certification Program is supposed to verify compatibility with both Miracle Linux 3.0 and Red Flag DC4.1. Certification is supposed to be done at Oracle's facility in China, where Red Flag and Miracle have been working on Asianux.

Asianux is described as an operating environment with enhanced functionality, high availability, reliability, scalability and manageability. A copy of the thing is supposed to be bundled with the next version of each distribution as an installation CD without any modification and shipped in both countries by the middle of June.

Originally the two companies were also supposed to do joint support.

IDC Asia/Pacific was drawn into the announcement and it predicted that the Chinese market for Linux clients and servers will more than double to $41.9 million by 2008, which is pretty darn skimpy given the number of Chinese. IDC Japan said the Japanese Linux market would be worth around $105 million in 2007, which ain't anything to write home about either.

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