Pacific HiTech Introduces TurboLinux 3.0.1 to the United States Market

Asia's Largest Linux Company Bundles Corel's WordPerfect for Linux

OAKLAND, Calif.-January 26, 1999- Pacific HiTech, the leader in high performance Linux, today announced availability in the United States of its flagship Linux product, TurboLinux 3.0, which includes Corel WordPerfect for Linux. When TurboLinux 3.0 was introduced in Asia in December, it outsold Microsoft Corp's Windows NT (2000) at Japanese retail point of sale outlets, according to the high technology analyst firm Computer News.

In 1998, Pacific HiTech shipped more than one million units of TurboLinux. With offices in the United States, Japan and China, Pacific HiTech has quickly become the world's second-largest Linux company.

"While we are far and away Asia's largest Linux company, the U.S. market offers unmatched opportunities," said Cliff Miller, CEO of Pacific HiTech. "TurboLinux is the only version of Linux available in English, Japanese and Chinese and other European language versions will follow soon. This makes TurboLinux the clear choice for global corporations that need to deploy software on global scale with a consistent interface and library base."

Pacific HiTech will launch two new Linux server products into the United States market in March, Miller added. "For high performance Linux solutions," Miller said. "Just watch this space. We will surprise the market."

According to International Data Corporation, Linux is already the fastest-growing server operating system, ahead of Microsoft Corp.'s Windows NT (2000) Server and Novell Inc.'s NetWare.

IDC estimates that Linux's market share surged 212% in 1998, giving it 17% of the server market, compared with 36% for Microsoft and 24% for Novell. TurboLinux 3.0 will bundle more than 700 applications, including Corel WordPerfect for Linux, Netscape Communicator 4.5, Apache, Samba 2.0 and the TurboDesk graphical user interface.

Priced at $49.95 retail, TurboLinux is available immediately through distributors Frank Kasper and Associates, Linux Mall and Walnut Creek CDROM. It can also be downloaded from the Internet at Pacific HiTech will support TurboLinux through a team of staff engineers at its U.S. headquarters in Oakland.

About PHT and TurboLinux

PHT, Asia's largest Linux company, is a privately held company founded in 1992. PHT distributes a consumer and corporate suite of products in English, Japanese and Chinese versions called TurboLinux for Intel desktop and server platforms. PHT enjoys strategic relationships with leading hardware and software vendors in Asia and the United States, including Oracle, Adaptec, Accton, Empress, Softbank, DDI and Ado Denshi (Japan's largest electronics retailer). PHT, with offices in the United States, China and Japan, can be found on the Internet at or, in Japanese, at