June 28, 2002

Hancom Linux : Ready for the world

Hancom Linux PR writes: "SEOUL, Korea - June 26, 2002: Hancom Linux, a leading provider of Linux-based productivity solutions, today made 3 announcements that will make its software available to millions of new users around the world:
  • The release of Hancom Office 2.0.2, the first version of Hancom Office which supports all Western languages;
  • Bringing Hancom Office to German users
  • The launch of Hancom Linux's partners program to speed up the localization and distribution of Hancom Office to make the software available to users around the world.

Hancom Office is a powerful office productivity suite for Linux that includes word processing, spreadsheet, graphics and resentation applications. The suite is compatible with Microsoft Office and is available in English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic editions.

Hancom Office 2.0.2: Unicode Support, Exporting MS Word, Squashing Bugs

The latest version of Hancom Office includes a number of important new features and bug fixes, including:

  • Full Unicode support. This means that Spanish, German and other users now have access to the special characters that are specific to their language;
  • Fixed problems affecting Mandrake and SuSE users who upgraded to KDE 3.0;
  • Export word processor documents in Microsoft Word format;
  • Fixed bugs when exporting text documents in HTML format.

We recommend that all users
upgrade
to Hancom Office 2.0.2. Full release notes are
here.
This maintenance release is available as a free update to all registered users of previous versions of Hancom Office (including Hancom Office 1.2, 1.5, 2.0 Standard and Hancom Office 2.0 Professional. A free 30-day trial version is also available from our web site.
New users may purchase the software for $49.95(CD Case, Download edition) or $59.95 (Boxed set with printed documentation) from hacom shop.

LinuxLand : Bringing Hancom Office to German users

Hancom Linux also announced partnerships with LinuxLand to market Hancom Linux in Germany.

LinuxLand International, Germany's leading distributor of Linux software, will be Hancom Linux's distributor, and starts with distribution of English version. Rudolf Strobl, LinuxLand's Managing Director, commented: "We are delighted to bring Hancom Office to market in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Hancom Office is a terrific product and we believe that, once people in these markets have a chance to try it out, they will love it."

Hancom Linux's partners program: Localizing Hancom Office to enter new markets

Today, Hancom Linux also launched its partners program, designed to create additional localized editions of Hancom Office and make the product available in at least 20 languages by Fall.

Thomas Sanghyun Park, Hancom Linux's CEO stated "Hancom Office is already available in English, Korean, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. Now that the software is double-byte and bi-directional and supports Unicode, it can easily be translated into any language. Every day, we get calls from customers asking for a local version of our product. Responding to this demand, we are reaching out to companies that want to work with us to bring Hancom Office and Hancom Linux OS to their markets."

The company has launched a new web site for prospective partners, at http://en.hancom.com/partners.
The company is also inviting Linux users to send suggestions about appropriate partners and business opportunities in new markets to partners@hancom.com.

About Hancom Linux

Hancom Linux, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is a leading provider of Linux-based productivity solutions for desktop computers and information appliances. Founded in 1999, the company employs more than 90 employees in 4 locations worldwide. Our flagship product, Hancom Office for Linux, is a powerful office productivity suite that is compatible with Microsoft Office and is available in English, Korean, Japan, Chinese and Arabic editions. In a major boost for the Linux desktop market, the Korean government decided in February 2002 to buy 120,000 copies of Hancom Linux OS and Hancom Office for its office workers. Sharp Electronics Corp. is bundling Hancom Mobile Office with its popular Zaurus SL-5500 PDA.

Hancom Linux, Hancom Office and Hancom Mobile Office are trademarks of Hancom Linux, Inc. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Microsoft, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Powerpoint and Microsoft Office are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. Sharp and Zaurus are trademarks of Sharp Electronics Corporation.

For more information :info@hancom.com"

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