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TurboLinux opens European front

The seller of the Linux operating system opens new offices in Germany, England and Slovenia in an effort to expand its support and training offerings.

TurboLinux has opened new offices in Hamburg, Germany, Plymouth, England and Kranj, Slovenia, as part of an effort to expand its support and training offerings, the company said today.

Sellers of the Linux operating system have been expanding in recent months, CNET's
Linux Center with TurboLinux pushing into the United States, China and Europe from its stronghold in Japan, and Caldera Systems and Red Hat pushing from their strongholds in the United States into Europe and Asia.

San Francisco-based TurboLinux was started in Japan and has opened the new Hamburg office in an effort to better direct the company's European and Middle East operations. It will be led by Ane Gyldholm, formerly vice president of design software firm IMSI.

Geographic expansion is increasingly important to sellers of the Linux operating system. Companies are trying to bolster customer support operations to match those of other, better established operating systems such as Microsoft Windows or Sun Microsystems' Solaris.

Though companies backing Linux haven't generally been profitable, the OS has been gaining in popularity and now holds second place to Microsoft for use in servers.

TurboLinux said it will ship its server software with the Tallyman e-commerce software from Salt Lake City, Utah-based Akopia. Like Linux, Tallyman is open-source software, meaning that anyone can modify and redistribute the software.