Software Research Associates Acquires Turbolinux Linux Software Business

Acquisition Strengthens Turbolinux Leadership Position for Linux Server OS

Software in Japan and Asia-Pacific

Aug 20, 2002, 01:00 ET from Turbolinux Inc.

    SAN FRANCISCO and TOKYO, Aug. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Turbolinux(R) Inc., a
 worldwide leader in Linux operating environments and multi-platform server
 provisioning and management products, and Software Research Associates, Inc.
 (SRA), one of Japan's oldest and largest independent software houses, today
 announced that SRA has acquired the Linux software business from Turbolinux
     As a result of this acquisition, the worldwide Turbolinux Linux software
 business will become a division of SRA with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan and
 will retain the Turbolinux company name and product brand. Accordingly,
 Turbolinux Japan will change its name to Turbolinux Incorporated and will be
 responsible for the worldwide Linux business operation. SRA has appointed
 Hajime Watanabe as CEO and Koichi Yano as COO & President of Turbolinux. The
 former Turbolinux, Inc. will retain the server provisioning software business
 based on the PowerCockpit product line and a new independent company is
 planned to be announced in the coming weeks.
     SRA is committing to the Linux business to strengthen its position within
 the Asian market where Turbolinux is the market leader for Linux server
 operating systems, and promoting "UnitedLinux" in which Turbolinux is one of
 the founding members. While the headquarters operation has been relocated to
 Japan, Turbolinux Inc. will retain a U.S. office and all worldwide customers
 and partners of Turbolinux will see no disruption in service.
     "The combined strength of SRA and Turbolinux will enable Turbolinux to
 focus on its growing Linux software business and capitalize on its founding
 member role within the UnitedLinux initiative," said Ryugo Marumori President
 of SRA
     "Our strategy over the past two years has been twofold:  to redefine our
 business model in our Linux distribution business and concurrently create a
 new business centered around server provisioning to help automate the next
 generation data center," said Ly-Huong Pham, CEO of Turbolinux. "We have
 succeeded in putting our Linux business on the path of profitability,
 strengthened our presence in both China and Korea with key partnerships, and
 fortified our future Linux strategy with the co-founding of the UnitedLinux
 initiative. Turbolinux, combined with SRA's strength in the software industry,
 will further the Turbolinux lead as the number one Linux server operating
 system in the Asian market."
     Ly-Huong Pham continued, "I am also excited about the early success we
 have had with our PowerCockpit server provisioning software business. Over the
 last year, we have launched two major versions of our cross-platform product,
 established successful partnerships with HP and Egenera, and landed over a
 dozen enterprise accounts. I look forward to completing the formation, and the
 launch, of our new server provisioning software business. We expect to make an
 announcement regarding our new company in the coming weeks."
     About Software Research Associates, Inc.
     Founded in 1967, Software Research Associates, Inc. (SRA) is one of
 Japan's oldest and largest independent software houses. Along with its
 traditional focus on custom software development, in recent years SRA has
 expanded its offerings to include services and products in the areas of open
 systems, multimedia, reengineering, mobile computing, outsourcing, and
 end-user computing. SRA provides consulting, custom software development, and
 system operation services for clients in industries as varied as public
 utilities, finance, manufacturing, and information processing. SRA maintains a
 strong presence in the software product market, distributing and supporting
 many communications, database, and Internet/World Wide Web applications. SRA
 has branches in major cities throughout Japan, as well as offices in New York,
 Colorado, California, and Europe. For more information, visit
     About Turbolinux
     Founded in 1992, Turbolinux(R) Inc. is a global software company providing
 Linux operating environments and multi-platform software deployment and
 management products that enable computing assets to be quickly redefined on
 demand -- enabling true flexible processing power. For more information, visit
 the Turbolinux Web site at
     NOTE:  Turbolinux is a registered trademark of Turbolinux, Inc. Linux is a
 registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other registered trademarks belong
 to their respective holders.
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