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SOT unveils and joins International

SOT unveils and joins Linux International



Technology Center Hermia, Tampere, Finland - September 1, 2000

SOT, publisher of the #1 Linux in Finland - the home country of Linux and Linus - has today unveiled their new Best Linux developers' site, and joined Linux International as a sponsoring corporate member.

"The last T-1 beta program was a global success in 1999. We had over 3200 beta testers. The unveiling today of new developer site takes us to the next level, where we are sharing our internal specifications with the Linux community. This is probably the first time ever any commercially operated company has gone beyond open source and started making wide open development. I also want to thank all the volunteers, without whose endless effort the review success would not have been possible." commented Mr. Santeri Kannisto, CTO, SOT. He has also taken a seat on the board of directors at Linux International.

SOT's Linux Distribution, called Best Linux, is built to be an easy-to-use, reliable and secure solution for desktop users who want to fully utilize the power of the Linux operating system.

"It appears to be extremely stable, and is very well suited for typical home user. I would definitely recommend it for new users, as well as for experienced Linux experts.", part of Linuxberg/Tucows' review of Best Linux 2000.

The current version of SOT's Linux distribution is Best Linux 2000, which recently received a full 5-penguin rating in a Linuxberg/Tucows review. SOT is fully committed to continue making Linux easier for desktops - and a real challenger for the currently dominant OS.

About Linux

Linux is a virus-free, co-operatively developed operating system used worldwide. It was started by Mr. Linus Torvalds in Finland in 1991. Applications of Linux vary from desktop use to fully functional UNIX workstations and Internet servers. The difference between Linux and other operating systems is that Linux is open source software. Best Linux is developed and maintained under GPL license and a freely distributable version with source code is available on the Internet, free-of-charge.

About Linux International

Linux International (LI) is a non-profit vendor organization that was formed in 1994 to promote Linux to users of computers everywhere. One of it's many tasks is managing Linux Trademark - at the request of linus Torvalds, LI maintains a mechanism to police and validate term "Linux", trying to keep it available for every reasonable use. LI has both company members and affiliated members from all over the world. For further information on LI, please see our web site at

About Linuxberg/Tucows

Tucows is a leading distributor of e-business services and applications on the Internet. With a network of more than 3,700 Internet Service Providers, Web hosting companies and Domain Name Resellers in more than 90 countries around the world, we believe Tucows to be the largest network of its kind. The Tucows site offers over 40,000 software titles in libraries located around the world, providing users with a fast, local download.

About SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd.

Founded in 1991, SOT is based in Finland, where it makes the Best Linux distribution. SOT counts among their customers large organisations such as Nokia and Sonera. Working in cooperation with a huge team of research, academic and commercial software development volunteers over the Internet, SOT's goal is to build an easier, more advanced distribution of the Linux operating system that is suitable for desktops. Along with the operating system SOT offers Linux training, commercial support and consulting services to customers exploiting the power of Linux. SOT's own hardware manufacturing operations in Tampere, Finland enable it to provide complete ready-to-use Linux solutions and ensure a unique up-to-date knowledge of hardware among Linux distribution makers.

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Best Linux is a registered trademark of SOT. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Reviews encouraged.

Additional information:

Best Linux SOT LI

Contact: Mr. Santeri Kannisto telephone +358 400 833 982 fax +358 401 833 982 e-mail

Press samples: Mr. Erno Rasanen telephone +358 400 509 775 e-mail

Mr. Erno Rasanen

SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd. Hermiankatu 8E FIN-33720 TAMPERE Finland

Telephone +358 3 316 5544 (direct) +358 3 316 5922 fax +358 3 316 5959 mobile phone +358 400 509775 mobile fax +358 401 509775


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