In Japan, Turbolinux 8 Workstation will be the first Linux Operating System to be bundled with StarSuiteTM 6.0 (branded StarOfficeTM in the U.S.), Sun's affordable alternative to proprietary office productivity suites. StarSuite provides tight compatibility with MS Office documents, has a simple, easy-to-use interface, and contains full-featured applications including word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and graphics capabilities.
"Turbolinux is committed to making flexible computing a reality for the front office, as well as the back office," said Pete Beckman, vice president of engineering for Turbolinux. "With the capabilities like the KDE 3 desktop, simple, GUI-installation, and multimedia features, Turbolinux 8 Workstation is the right choice for both developers and individual desktop users."
"More and more enterprises today are doing business on multiple platforms, including Linux" said Mike Rogers, vice president and general manager of desktop and office productivity at Sun Microsystems. "With the help of Turbolinux and StarOffice, many Linux users will now have a full-featured office productivity suite - compatible with major platforms - to conduct everyday business."
TL 8 Workstation includes e-mail, Konquerer - KDE's combination Web browser/file manager/file preview application, and Hot-pluggable USB options for keyboard, mouse, CD-ROM, Floppy drive, speakers, and Ethernet. The distribution also supports the latest video cards including nVIDIA GeForce4, ATI Radeon 7500/8500, and Matrox G550. In addition, TL 8.0 Workstation is broadband-ready, able to connect to ADSL and cable high-speed networks and has extended support for various digital media including MP3.
"The inclusion of IBM's Enterprise Volume Management System in TL 8 Workstation is a major enhancement to the standard volume management capabilities of Linux," said Daniel Frye, director, IBM Linux Technology Center. "By incorporating EVMS, Turbolinux continues to demonstrate leadership in speeding the adoption of Linux in the enterprise."
The product also comes bundled with several add-ons, including a trial version of the IntelÂ® C++ and Fortran Compilers version 6.0. Through an agreement with Intel, Turbolinux users will receive a discount off the purchase price of the full compilers through August 2002.
Founded in 1992, TurbolinuxÂ® Inc. is a global software company providing Linux operating environments and multi-platform software deployment and management products that allow computing assets to be quickly redefined on demand - enabling true flexible processing power.
Backed by some of the world's leading technology companies, including Compaq, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Intel, NEC, Novell, Oracle, SGI and Toshiba, Turbolinux is headquartered near San Francisco with offices around the world. For more information, visit the Turbolinux Web site at http://www.turbolinux.com."