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PR: Best Linux Released Under New Name, SOT Linux 2002

Apr 24, 2002, 23:30 (7 Talkback[s])

SOT, the publisher of Best Linux, has announced both a change of name for its Linux distribution and a release of the new version of the distro, now known again as SOT Linux.

The company is returning the distribution to its former name, SOT Linux, last used 4 years ago in 1998.

"Changing the name back to good old SOT Linux is now possible, as Sweden is no longer our primary market focus. Several years ago we were obliged to change the name from SOT Linux, because the word "sot" means "disease" or "soot" in Swedish, neither of which were considered desirable by our marketing department. Now, I am very pleased to able to return to our original label," explained Santeri Kannisto, CEO of SOT.

SOT, also issued a new release of its SOT Linux Operating System. The system is available separately in two different versions: Desktop and Server. These new SOT Linux releases include, in addition to many other improvements, full support for the IPv6 protocol, a brand-new Windows migration tool, near-complete LSB compatibility and support for various WinModems. Furthermore, the entire system has been fully compiled using the new GCC 3 compiler.

"We have taken two years to craft a well tested and stable Linux distribution. It has been long and sometimes even frustrating period of development, especially seeing others go through a number of releases during this time and having our customers ask when our new version would be ready. I am convinced it has been worth spending the time and effort for this release, because we can now present to the community a rock solid distribution containing state-of-the-art features, and can unreservedly recommend the product to anyone. I would like to especially thank the Linux kernel people for stabilizing the 2.4 kernel and our development team for carrying out my personal ambition of reaching perfection with this release." said Kannisto.

The first of the IPv6-ready Linux releases has been dubbed SOT Linux Desktop 2002 (Copenhagen), with the corresponding server version named SOTLinux 2002 Server (Starfury). The desktop version is freely available for download, while the server is distributed only as a boxed set. Prices for boxed sets of SOT Linux are 79 euros for a desktop version, or 790 euros for the server version. An upgrade to the free desktop download is also available. This upgrade, the SOT Linux 2002 Desktop Download Package, provides technical support and access to the commercial software within the downloaded CD-ROM at a cost of only 8.9 euros.

"Incorporating IPv6 and aiming towards LSB compliance were natural choices for us, thanks to the requirements of our customers. The server box also includes some very interesting commercial services, such as remote monitoring and maintenance, e-mail virus protection, an automatic update system, and security announcements," observed Mr. Erno Räsänen, SOT's Marketing Manager.

SOT Linux 2002 comes with the new Finnish version of SOT's office suite, SOT Office(TM) 2002, including new Finnish and English dictionaries. Spell-checkers are also available for a number of other languages supported by SOT Linux.

The comapny invites users to visit the SOT Linux website at http://www.sot.com/en/linux/ to learn more.

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