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Japanese, Chinese and South Korean companies unveiled Thursday in Beijing new software based on the Linux operating system, targeting the Asian market.

Asianux 2.0 was developed by Miracle Linux Corp., partly owned by Oracle Corp. Japan and Japan’s NEC Corp., Red Flag Software Co., a software developer affiliated with the Chinese government, and South Korea’s Haansoft Inc.

The new product aimed at serving Asian language clients follows the launch last year of Asianux 1.0, which was jointly developed by Japanese and Chinese companies. Asianux 1.0 has sold some 30,000 copies.

Haansoft has joined since then, and Asianux 2.0 marked the first time companies from the three countries have joined hands to make a product, according to Red Flag Software officials.

Companies from the three countries decided to work together to better their chances in a market dominated by U.S. products, said Takeshi Sato, president of Miracle Linux.

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