Novell and Leading Chinese Linux Firm CS2C to Expand Linux in China

- Agreement with China Standard Software Company calls for joint technical, marketing and support efforts to accelerate adoption of Linux

SHANGHAI * April 27, 2005 * Novell today signed a strategic cooperation memorandum with China Standard Software Co., Ltd. (CS2C), the leading Linux firm in China, to promote the development and adoption of Linux in the region. Under the agreement, Novell and CS2C will cooperate to provide technology, services and marketing to optimize and promote Linux to the Chinese market. As a result, Chinese companies, organizations and individuals will gain access to leading Linux technology, enterprise-class Linux services and local and global support.

"I’m pleased that CS2C has built a strategic partnership with the leading global Linux company Novell," said Mr. Qin Yong, executive vice president of CS2C. "As a leading system software company in China, CS2C has been focusing on extending cooperation with enterprises both in China and abroad. Together, we will drive the acceptance of Linux in the industry. We are looking forward to closer cooperation with Novell in the future."

CS2C and Novell will jointly promote value-added Linux products and solutions designed specifically for the China market and will work together to localize Linux products and solutions; deliver product and technology training; provide technical support and services for customers; and develop joint marketing and brand promotion activities for Linux products, services and solutions. In 2004, Novell joined the China Linux Standard Base and Open Source Initiative in order to bring its advanced technologies and services to bear in helping China promote the growth and development of its Linux market.

"I’m pleased to announce this strategic partnership with CS2C," said Dr. Sen Ming Chang, managing director, Asia, and vice president, Asia Pacific, of Novell. "China is recognized as a pioneer in the Linux market, and represents a vital market for Novell. Novell is increasing its investment in China, working closely with the government, and deepening our relationships with customers and partners. This relationship with CS2C is a key milestone in our efforts."

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