Novell and CS2C Sign Agreement to Deliver Linux Offerings for China

New Cooperation to Include Linux Desktop and Server Development

To Meet Growing Needs of Region's Economy

Aug 16, 2005, 01:00 ET from Novell, Inc.

    BEIJING ( LinuxWorld 2005 ), Aug. 16 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Novell
 (Nasdaq:   NOVL) and the China Standard Software Company (CS2C) today announced
 they would cooperate to develop both Linux server and Linux desktop offerings
 for the Chinese market. The announcement builds on the strategic partnership
 launched in April 2005, and will enable the further adoption of Linux in
 China. As a result, companies will be able to leverage the power of one of the
 leading Linux distributions, customized for the China market and backed by the
 support of Novell.
     "As one of China's most competitive software companies, we are committed
 to R&D and the commercialization of Linux and open source solutions," said Guo
 XianChen, vice chairman of CS2C. "We have a rich tradition of providing
 world-class Linux and open standard-based solutions to Chinese users. The
 cooperation between Novell and CS2C will further drive the development of the
 Linux industry in China to our mutual advantage. We are looking forward to
 great results from our cooperation with Novell."
     Novell and CS2C signed a strategic memorandum of cooperation in April,
 2005. This new announcement reflects a significant expansion of the
 partnership between the two companies. Novell's technology leadership, strong
 R&D capabilities, enterprise class support and services, and global presence
 in the Linux market, combined with the deep local experience, strong local
 leadership team, and extensive market presence of CS2C, will expand the
 development of Linux in China. Novell and CS2C will jointly test and deliver
 new Linux server and desktop products to Chinese users, backed by
 best-in-class technical support and a local team with strong Linux expertise
 and open source development capabilities. The two companies plan to strengthen
 ties in the future to promote open source technology and software development
 in China.
     "Novell is a leading Linux distributor worldwide and CS2C is one of the
 strongest Linux vendors in China," said Rhonda O'Donnell, president, Novell
 Asia Pacific. "Our cooperation is a great win for Chinese consumers and the
 China software sector. Together, we will bring advanced technology and
 enterprise know-how to Chinese users, while also supporting the development of
 Linux expertise and open source technology in China."
     About Novell
     Novell, Inc. is a leading provider of infrastructure software and services
 to over 50,000 customers in 43 countries. With more than 20 years of
 experience in data center, workgroup and desktop solutions, Novell's 6,000
 employees, 5,000 partners and support centers around the world are meeting
 customer requirements for identity-driven computing and Linux solutions. By
 providing enterprise-class software and support for commercial and open source
 software, Novell delivers increased operating flexibility and choice at a
 lower total cost of ownership. More information about Novell can be found at .
     About CS2C
     China Standard Software Co., Ltd. (CS2C) was founded in Shanghai in
 October 2003. With investments from Chinasoft Network Technology Corporation
 (Chinasoft), China Electronics Technology Corporation (CETC) and Eastern China
 Computing Institution(ECI), CS2C has established leading product research &
 development, marketing, and service networks in Shanghai and Beijing. With
 strong support from the national and local governments, CS2C has taken steps
 to build a strong alliance with the all levels of government. Working with
 Chinasoft, CETC and ECI's Tong Office to promote advanced technologies and
 build high quality technology expertise, CS2C is committed to helping build a
 secure national information infrastructure.
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 States and other countries. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.
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