Europe's Leading Linux Distributor signs Joint Venture to form SUSE

October 17, 2000

Europe's Leading Linux Distributor signs Joint Venture to form SuSE Linux Korea Co., Ltd.

Seoul, Republic of Korea and Nuremburg, Germany

Today, SUSE Linux, the international technology leader and solution provider in Open Source (OS) operating system software announced a joint venture with, Information Network Center (INC) Co., Ltd., a South Korean IT Company. Together, they are launching SUSE Linux Korea Co. Ltd. based in Seoul, Korea.

With the new joint venture, SUSE extends its Open Source Initiatives and development and sales activities deeper into the Asian market.

"The Korean IT-industry has grown very rapidly," said Dirk Hohndel, CTO of SuSE Linux AG. "With INC as our partner, a well-established and thoroughly appreciated company within the growing high-tech center of Seoul, we are ready to deliver high-quality Linux and open source applications to our customers in Korea".

Since its foundation in 1998, Information Network Center Co. Ltd. has successfully established itself as an IT Publishing House. Their "Linux Magazine" is a well-respected, high-quality publication and is the only printed magazine specifying Linux and Unix in the Korean market. INC Ltd. has built up a wide distribution network and contributes extensively to the Korean fonts development according to Korean standards.

"The time has come for Linux in Asia," adds Yong-Chul Yoon, CEO of SuSE Linux Korea Co., Ltd. "We are entering the Korean Linux market with a powerful partners in SuSE. With its truly cross platform Linux distribution, SUSE has taken a decisive step towards enhancing Linux as a relevant server operating system in the business space. SUSE Linux Korea Co., Ltd will not only focus on sales, but also soon provide training and certification for the Korean market."

The new SUSE Linux 6.4k offers on 6 CD-ROMs more than 1500 applications including HancomWordR5, a professional word processor and most widely used program in Korea. The complete package includes a comprehensive handbook in Korean Hangul fonts and 60 days of free installation support.

SUSE Linux Korea Co., Ltd can be contacted at

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