January 28, 2004

Japanese NEC Soft joins OSDL

Major software developer and systems integrator to participate in Lab's Data Center Linux and Carrier Grade Linux initiative to advance Linux in Japan

BEAVERTON, Ore. and TOKYO, Jan. 28 - The Open Source Development Labs (OSDL), a global consortium dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux, today
announced that NEC Soft, Ltd., one of Japan's leading software development and systems integration firms, has joined OSDL and will participate in the Lab's
Data Center Linux and Carrier Grade Linux working group initiatives.

NEC Soft, Ltd. has been at the core of NEC Corporation's UNIX business, offering a wide variety of technical services in operating systems technology, software
development and systems integration. NEC Soft established a Linux Support Center in 1999 to offer services including systems integration and support of Linux
packaged products, original appliance server products and Linux operating solutions.

"NEC Soft, Ltd. has always strived to offer user-friendly services, and creation of intellectual value for our customers," said Takaaki Seki, President of NEC
Soft, Ltd. "NEC Soft, Ltd. has led the NEC group's Linux business solutions by focusing on the effectiveness of open source technology and the creation of
flexible and optimum systems solutions. The company has also actively participated in collaborative projects in the public and private sectors and academia
that use open source technology. We look forward to supporting the Open Source Development Labs in Japan."

Linux has also seen growing adoption among enterprises in Japan. Market research firm IDC expects Linux to continue growing at a much faster pace than Windows
and Unix in the server space. According to IDC Enterprise Server Tracker, Linux server shipments and spending will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40%
and 31% respectively from 2002 to 2007.

"The momentum behind Linux in Japan has attracted some important companies to OSDL," said Stuart Cohen, CEO of OSDL. "We're delighted to have NEC Soft join the
Lab and participate in our Data Center Linux and Carrier Grade Linux working groups as the Lab continues to broaden its commitment to Linux."

About NEC Soft, Ltd

Date of Establishment: September 9, 1975
Capital: 8.668 billion yen
Employees: 5,192 (as of September 30, 2003)
Head Office: 1-18-6 Shinkiba, Koto-ku, Tokyo, 136-8608 Japan

NEC Soft, Ltd. has been providing solutions, mainly System Integration & System Services, Software Development, and Sales of Software Packages & Information
Processors, and creating reliable partnerships with our customers since it was established. By offering total, unified services with separate business domains,
NEC Soft's total services dynamically support the value creation customers seek. More about NEC Soft can be found at http://www.necsoft.co.jp/index_e.html

About Open Source Development Labs (OSDL)

OSDL -- home to Linus Torvalds, the creator of Linux -- is dedicated to accelerating the growth and adoption of Linux. Founded in 2000 and supported by a
global consortium of Linux customers and IT industry leaders, OSDL is a non-profit organization that provides Linux expertise and computing and test facilities
in the United States and Japan available to developers around the world. OSDL members include Alcatel, Cisco, Computer Associates, Dell, Ericsson, Force
Computers, Fujitsu, HP, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, Linuxcare, Miracle Linux Corporation, Mitsubishi Electric, MontaVista Software, NEC Corporation, NEC Soft, Network
Appliance, Nokia, Novell, NTT COMWARE, NTT DATA INTELLILINK, Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, SUSE LINUX, TimeSys, Toshiba Solutions, Transmeta Corporation,
Trolltech, Turbolinux, Ulticom, Unilever, VA Software and Wind River Systems. Visit OSDL on the Web at www.osdl.org .

OSDL is a trademark of Open Source Development Labs, Inc. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Third party marks and brands are the property of their
respective holders.

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