April 28, 2006

Migrating to Turbolinux from Windows Made Easy

RGeorge writes "April 27, 2006 – Versora today announced the release of Versora's Progression Desktop for Turbolinux. This easy-to-use migration tool allows users to transfer files and settings from their Windows machine to a Linux machine, moving critical data, application settings, email, calendar entries, contact lists, desktop settings and directory structures via a “Click-Next-Next-Finished” interface. Under terms of the partnership agreement, Versora’s Progression Desktop is offered in a bundled package with the Turbolinux operating system.

"Combined with Versora's Progression Desktop, Turbolinux is best positioned to go after the Windows desktop market in Japan," said Koichi Yano, CEO and President of Turbolinux, Inc. "Turbolinux can replace Windows without compromising familiarity or productivity."

Using Versora Progression Desktop makes setting up a Linux computer easy. Information from Windows XP programs such as Microsoft Outlook are moved to the equivalent Linux application (such as Mozilla's Thunderbird or Evolution). Similarly, it will migrate a user's settings from Internet Explorer to the Firefox Internet browser, Microsoft Word files to OpenOffice.org, or Instant Messenger buddy lists to the Linux IM client Gaim. For a full list of migration applications and their Linux equivalents, go to http://versora.com/knowledgebase/progressiondeskto p:linux.

"People don't want to recreate their files and settings or risk losing them altogether - it's one of the most common reasons people are hesitant to switch from Windows to desktop Linux," said Mike Sheffey, CEO of Versora. "Versora's Progression Desktop makes the migration process easy and provides immediate value to those making the move to Turbolinux."

Purchasing Progression Desktop gives users the software they need for both their Windows and Linux machines. Once the Versora software is installed on Windows, it walks the user through simple steps to create the migration file (called a .pnp, or “Platform Neutral Package”). Once the Versora software is loaded on Turbolinux and the migration file is saved, the files and settings are automatically integrated in the corresponding programs, which are selected by the user.

Versora Progression Desktop Features
- Windows-to-Turbolinux automated migration of data, system and application settings
- Easy-to-use “Click-Next-Next-Finished” interface
- Migrate wallpaper, screen saver, keyboard settings, mouse settings and sound settings
- Migrate AOL Instant Messenger to GAIM or Kopete
- Migrate Microsoft Office to OpenOffice.org
- Migrate Microsoft Internet Explorer to Mozilla, Firefox or Konqueror
- Migrate Microsoft Outlook/Outlook Express to Novell Evolution, KMail, Mozilla or Thunderbird
- Migrate any or all files or folders mapped to any location

About Turbolinux
Turbolinux develops and sells the leading Linux OS for distribution in Asia-Pacific. The operating system is optimized to run on a wide range of hardware platforms, including Intel-based servers and IBM mainframes. Turbolinux, with headquarters in Japan, plays a major role in developing Linux systems for the Japanese market, including Japanese and Chinese language "double-byte" text support. More than half of Turbolinux's staff is dedicated to Linux engineering development and support, providing expert support and custom application development services that go beyond Japanese localization issues. Turbolinux works extensively with standards bodies and partners to ensure certification and software compatibility in all business environments. For more information, visit www.turbolinux.com.

About Versora
Versora is a leading provider of Windows to Linux migration solutions. Versora offers software and professional services that enable and accelerate enterprise Linux adoption. Solutions that Versora offer include Linux mail and collaboration migration from Microsoft Exchange servers, Linux database migration from Microsoft SQL servers, Apache web server migration from Microsoft IIS web servers, and Windows to Linux desktop migration. For more information about Versora, visit www.versora.com."

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