|| ||Mandriva Press <press-AT-mandriva.com>|
|| ||Mandriva advances into Korea, the IT hub of Asia|
|| ||Tue, 10 Jul 2007 17:31:46 +0200 (CEST)|
Paris, July 10th, 2007 - For Immediate Release
Mandriva Korea (MetaNav) begins operations in order to offer Mandriva
Linux solutions to organizations and people all over South Korea and
the East Asia area.
Recent studies show that about 37% of servers in Korean government
offices ran Linux-based operating systems in 2006 and annual usage
growth is estimated to be over 10% for upcoming years. In 2007, the
Korean government plans to switch to open source alternatives on a
substantial number of its PCs and servers, and support the open source
Mandriva, the global Linux distributor, selected MetaNav to become its
official local representative in this fast growing technological
environment in Asia. Mandriva and MetaNav reached an agreement to work
together and co-develop open source products and services closely
adapted to the East Asian market.
To achieve this goal, Mandriva Korea outlined a strategy based on
three key actions:
* Co-development of an enhanced Mandriva Linux customized for the
* Offering training and support for organizations, people and
associates in Asian region;
* Making Mandriva products available through local OEMs and VARs.
This approach will provide IT assets to companies, government entities
and individuals who may benefit from Mandriva Linux-based tools, the
availability of skilled local support and high quality training.
This announcement comes right after the release of Mandriva Linux 2007
Spring, Mandriva Flash 4GB and Corporate Desktop 4.0 as a
reinforcement of Mandriva's and MetaNav's commitment to the East Asian
open source community.
"Open source is booming in East Asia, and in Korea in particular.
Mandriva will work in close collaboration with MetaNav to provide
Mandriva Linux solutions to Korean people, and we are looking forward
to taking part in this transition process," said Gaurav Parakh,
Mandriva Partnership Manager.
About Mandriva Korea (MetaNav)
MetaNav is one of 3 members of Korean Open Source Standard Project
Group (TTA PG 109) including ETRI (Korean Gov't Lab) and Haansoft
Inc. ETRI links Booyo, Haansoft links Asianux, while MetaNav is
representing Mandriva in Korea. MetaNav has been leading the messaging
and web storage services and provides 10GB of free webmail and webdisk
services in Korea. MetaNav's main office is located in Anyang, Korea,
Institute is in Seoul and branch office is in Anaheim, USA.
Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of Mandriva
Linux, an easy-to-use and innovative operating system. It is one of
the most popular Linux editions in the world. Dedicated to making open
source technologies accessible to all users, the company offers a full
range of products and services to individuals, enterprises and
government organizations. Mandriva products are available online in 80
languages and in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels.
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