May 23, 2005

Sun Wah Linux Launches “Project Liberate”

Christy Hui writes "May 1, 2005 â In efforts to encourage and promote the spirit of open source collaboration in Asia, Sun Wah Linux today announced the launch of Project Liberate - a venture that transforms previously closed source software into open source projects and makes them readily available to community for their use and study. By offering a variety of easy-to-use tools to assist collaborative open source development, Project Liberate aims to become the focal point of open source development communities in Asia now and beyond.

Initially, Sun Wah Linux will release Maxenger, a Web-based email solution; Firebeast, an easy-to-use firewall application; and GroupwareX, a groupware calendaring and project management product. These projects will be hosted on Sun Wah Linuxâ new community website, https://liberate.sw-linux.com.

"Sun Wah Linux has been an active force in the promotion of an open source software (OSS) industry for a while now. With Project Liberate, we are able to unite a diverse group of programmers, developers and I.T. gurus inside one large community to work together towards the usage, development and promotion open standard software,â said Alex Banh, Deputy CEO of Sun Wah Linux. âWe understand that there are concerns over openness, flexibility and the adaptation of Asia open source development. However we are confident that Project Liberate is the first step within the OSS liberation movement. We believe that Project Liberate will help Asian Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) communities become a recognized contributor in the global FOSS ecosystem and this will lead to an increased number of users coming to share their ideas, visions and knowledge in an open manner.â

As the largest Linux solutions provider in China, Sun Wah Linux has had a long history of helping to bridge the gap between Chinese and Asian open source communities. Project Liberate is yet another example of how Sun Wah Linux is leading the industry towards new and exciting boundaries by providing innovative and quality products to the public. Over the past year, Sun Wah Linux became the first Linux distribution in Asia to comply with the global Linux Standard Base (LSB) 2.0. Already this year, Sun Wah Linux has co-sponsored China OSS Week 2005, which included the first Asia Debian Mini-Conf 2005 and Asia CodeFest 2005. This was tremendously successful in connecting open source leaders and developers from all around the world to foster collaboration and exchange knowledge with the local communities.

In the near future, Sun Wah Linux will actively continue a series of initiatives to lead the promotion of OSS. Through tight knit collaboration with the wider community, Sun Wah Linux is confident that Project Liberate will grow and mature in a healthy manner. New supporting projects will be introduced to build on the Project Liberate momentum and encourage more community developers to exchange ideas relating to OSS.

"Sun Wah Linux continues to support OSS through the launch of education projects because we believe that open source development is not only limited to software development, but also widely implemented in education. In addition to education, Sun Wah Linux continues to support OSS through active participation within the CJK OSS Promotion Forum.â Concluded Banh, âWe are fully dedicated to leading the industry in a direction that will benefit the marketplace, as well as all those who are actively involved in the OSS community in Asia.â

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About Sun Wah Linux Limited

Sun Wah Linux Limited is a high tech company specializing in the provision of comprehensive and effective high availability open-source platform solutions to corporate clients. Sun Wah Linux offers a complete range of services relating to Linux system consultation, systems integration, network infrastructure; Linux embedded systems, Linux professional training, and software and application development. All of these technologies are dedicated to the delivery of open-source enterprise commerce that enables technology for the enhancement of business performance.

For more information, please contact:
Christy Hui, Marketing Executive, Sun Wah Linux Limited
Email Address: Christy.hui@sw-linux.com
Phone: +852 2250 0223
Fax: +852 2259 9112
Website: http://www.sw-linux.com
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