May 30, 2001

Leading Linux companies announce alliance to help Linux mature

Author: JT Smith

Fujitsu Limited, Hitachi Limited, IBM, and
NEC Corp.
today announced a partnership that will capitalize on the companies'
global
resources to refine features needed to drive Linux further into the
enterprise. The companies, implementing a shared common plan to
help Linux
mature, will work together with the Linux community to develop
various open
source projects.

By working on open source projects, the partnership will ultimately
offer
customers added Linux features to deploy in their enterprise. One of
the first
projects the companies will work on will be a serviceability project
designed
to enhance problem isolation, the ability to quickly and precisely
isolate
problems in running systems. Other projects planned include
scalability, and
NUMA (Non-Uniform Memory Access) capabilities for Linux. The
companies plan
to work closely with the open source community to gain their insights
and
acceptance, while delivering simple, modular, high-quality,
serviceable
results.

Today, enterprises and research are increasingly looking to Linux to
meet
their critical e-business applications. Linux is the fastest growing
server
operating system, growing at 166 percent last year according to IDC;
with the
number of users growing from about 1,000 in 1992 to about 9 million
last year.
By working together and with the Open Source Community, Fujitsu,
Hitachi, IBM
and NEC hope to accelerate that growth.

"Linux is rapidly becoming an enabler of e-business," said Dr. Daniel
Frye,
Director, IBM Linux Technology Center. "This move today will help
ensure that
Linux gains in functionality and will ultimately provide technology
decision
makers a greater choice for their server environment."

"Linux has proven itself to be a promising operating environment for
the
internet business. Hitachi believes it will continue to grow as an
essential
component for enterprise systems," said Nobumasa Mori, general
manager of Open
Platform Solutions Operational Division. "Hitachi provides a wide
range of
Linux servers, from PC to Mainframe. We will also provide a variety
of
Middleware products on Linux, so that Linux can easily be deployed
both in the
internet and enterprise environments. Hitachi has experience and many
achievements in the enterprise system area. By making the most of its
technology and experience, Hitachi is ready to contribute to the
Linux
community."

"Having been cultivated in the open source community, Linux has risen
with
remarkable speed to become an Internet server standard," said Akira
Ozora,
general manager of Fujitsu Limited's Linux Division. "Fujitsu will
supply
robust and efficient hardware and software components to penetrate
the
enterprise and public system Internet server markets. In this
regard, we
consider Linux to be an extremely important enabler of the Internet,
and we
intend to contribute as much as possible to improving the
reliability,
stability and scalability of Linux."

"In addition to network servers, the usage of Linux is now being
expanded to
the enterprise servers," said Hiroshi Katayama, Chief Manager, First
Computer
Software Division, NEC Solutions. "NEC will be able to contribute to
its
acceleration by providing its technology accumulated through long
experience
in this market under this alliance."

About Fujitsu
Fujitsu is a leading provider of Internet-focused information
technology
solutions for the global marketplace. Its pace-setting technologies,
best-in-class computing and telecommunications platforms, and
worldwide corps
of systems and services experts make it uniquely positioned to
unleash the
infinite possibilities of the Internet to help its customers succeed.
Headquartered in Tokyo, Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported
consolidated
revenues of 5.48 trillion yen for the fiscal year ended March 31,
2001.
Internet: http://www.fujitsu.com/

About Hitachi
Hitachi, Ltd., headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is one of the world's
leading
global electronics companies, with fiscal 2000 (ended March 31, 2001)
consolidated sales of 8,417 billion yen ($67.9 billion*) The company
manufactures and markets a wide range of products, including
computers,
semiconductors, consumer products and power and industrial equipment.
For more
information on Hitachi, Ltd., please visit Hitachi's Web site at
http://global.hitachi.com
* At an exchange rate of 124 yen to the dollar

About IBM
IBM is the world's largest information technology company, with 80
years of
leadership in helping businesses innovate. IBM creates, develops and
manufactures the industry's most advanced information technologies,
including
computer systems, software, networking systems, storage devices and
microelectronics. The fastest way to get more information about IBM
is through
the IBM home page at http://www.ibm.com.

About NEC
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is a leading provider
of
Internet solutions, dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its
customers in the key computer, network and electron device fields
through its
three market-focused in-house companies: NEC Solutions, NEC Networks
and NEC
Electron Devices. NEC Corporation, with its in-house companies,
employs more
than 150,000 people worldwide and saw net sales of 5,409 billion Yen
(approx.
US$43 billion) in fiscal year 2000-2001. For further information,
please visit
the NEC home page at: http://www.nec.com

Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. The IBM e-business logo is a
trademarks of IBM Corporation. All others are trademarks of their
respective
companies.

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