Donovan Unveils 64-Bit Chinese Linux

SINGAPORE (03/22/2000) - Linux specialist Donovan Systems Pte. Ltd. has released what it believes is the world's first 64-bit Chinese-language Linux operating system.

Developed by Donovan and China's Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences, the new Chinese Penguin64 OS is the first Linux with true double-byte capacity in its kernel. For users and developers, this means there is no need for translation or emulation processes to incorporate Chinese-language support, Donovan said.

The OS will be showcased at the LinuxWorld 2000 exhibition, which begins here tomorrow, and will be commercially available in May, the company said in a statement.

The product will give even more impetus to the rapidly growing market for Linux in China, as organizations can freely adapt it to their own needs, according to Donovan Chief Executive Officer Gary Foong.

Chinese Penguin64 is aimed at the burgeoning Chinese ISP (Internet service provider) market, Chinese-language software developers, educational institutions and technical users. It will help developers create applications such as speech recognition, natural language processing and full-motion video software, Donovan said.

The collaboration with the Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences is part of a larger Linux development program spearheaded by Donovan. The program also includes the implementation of Penguin64 Labs in tertiary education institutions across Asia to teach 64-bit computing courses and Linux application development, Donovan said.

Donovan will also exhibit at the show its 64-bit UltraSPARC-IIi-based Linux server, a sub-US$2,000 system aimed at the small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) market, bundled with its Penguin64 Lite English-language Linux OS and the Planet Intra intranet suite.

Donovan can be contacted at +65-284-4300 or online at

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