Novell (NOVL) is expanding investment in the China market, with plans to set up a research and development center in China, open regional branches, develop a local technology support center, and strengthen ties with the China Standard Software Company.

As a result, Novell will be better positioned both to promote Linux development and adoption in China and to provide customers in China its enterprise-class infrastructure, open source, and security solutions.

By the end of 2005, Novell will establish a research and development center in Beijing as part of its global R&D infrastructure. The center will focus on Linux desktop research and development, Linux internationalization and localization, and high performance Linux, including carrier-grade Linux.

To further spur Chinese open source development, Novell is launching openSUSE.org.cn, a dedicated Chinese language site for the recently announced openSUSE project. OpenSUSE.org.cn will enable Chinese users and developers to contribute to and leverage one of the most popular Linux distributions in the world-SUSE Linux.

In addition, Novell plans to develop and deliver solutions customized for the region by enhancing ties with local vendors, including the agreement recently announced with the China Standard Software Company (CS2C). Novell will also work closely with local telecommunications vendors to cooperatively develop and market carrier-grade Linux applications. Novell will continue to focus on establishing strategic alliances with local system integrators, distributors, and software vendors to create a vibrant ecosystem around Novell's Linux offerings in China.

Novell will establish a Support Center in Shenzhen to support its growing customer base in China. Novell will also, in conjunction with CS2C, launch a Novell Authorized Testing Center in Beijing, providing testing and education licensing services for Chinese hardware and software vendors.

Finally, Novell plans to increase its local coverage in the Chinese market by expanding its office presence beyond Beijing. Novell will be opening offices in Guangzhou and Shanghai. These new facilities will provide additional support to customers in the telecommunications, financial services, and government sectors.

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