Chinese university gets Linux lab

Donovan Systems, a developer of 64-bit Linux systems, has set up its first 64-bit Linux computing laboratory in China, in the Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU) School of Information Engineering.

Donovan hopes to promote advanced 64-bit Linux computing in the teaching curricula for Chinese tertiary students

Donovan Systems, a developer of 64-bit Linux systems, has set up its first 64-bit Linux computing laboratory in China, in the Beijing Technology and Business University (BTBU) School of Information Engineering.

The resource laboratory will conduct 64-bit Linux computing courses and encourage students to develop 64-bit Linux applications, with special emphasis on Chinese Penguin64, a double-byte 64-bit Linux operating system.

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Chinese Penguin64 is the world's first 64-bit Chinese Linux developed by Donovan in a partnership with China's Institute of Software, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The new laboratory is part of Donovan's Penguin64 Lab initiative - a program to establish 64-bit Linux resource labs in tertiary institutions for teaching 64-bit computing and Linux technology skills and application development.

In addition to providing servers for the new Penguin64 Lab, Donovan will offer scholarships to promote the development of 64-bit Linux applications.

"64-bit Linux offers tremendous advantage to China because Linux is an open-source solution, freely available to all users and 64-bit processing provides computing power and superior memory addressability to support large databases, high capacity network applications and Internet services," said Donovan's CEO Gary Foong.

"Linux has a key role to play in the future of computing in China, and Chinese Penguin64 has a special significance for us because it was developed in Beijing and directly addresses our needs," said Professor Han Liqun, School Master, BTBU's School of Information Engineering. "With the resource lab, our students have access to the most advanced computing technologies. They also have the opportunity to develop new applications for Chinese organisations."

The Linux laboratory in the university is equipped with 20 Donovan 64-bit Linux servers, including 18 Endeavor servers and two Impresa servers. Both servers have pre-installed Chinese Penguin64 operating system and Red Hat Linux.