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| Justsystem to Launch ATOK for Linux in July
March 19, 1999 (TOKYO) -- Justsystem Corp. plans to offer in July
a Japanese-language input program tentatively named ATOK for Linux.
|In September, the ATOK Server for Linux client/server Japanese-language
input software is planned for sale.
"Since many firms are increasingly introducing Linux, we hope to offer
a user-friendly Japanese-language input environment as quickly as possible.
Because of this, we placed a higher priority on the development of Linux-enabled
ATOK than the Windows NT-enabled ATOK. We hope our decision at this
time will become the impetus to broaden Linux presence in Japan," said
Kazunori Ukigawa, president of Justsystem.
Both ATOK for Linux and ATOK Server for Linux are equipped with a conversion
engine similar to that of the ATOK12, the existing Windows/Macintosh-compliant
The ATOK Server for Linux is based on Java2, the newest version of the
Java development/run-time environment. It has free and open source code
that enables it to be used in any network environment where different
clients and operating systems, including Windows, Macintosh and UNIX,
Because the conversion engine and user dictionary are stored in the server,
it also offers an advantage in that the conversion engine upgrade as
well as the management of a common dictionary within a certain office
can be performed on the server side.
The price has not yet been decided. Justsytem did not disclose the method
of sales. However, it is likely that ATOK will be sold at retail stores
as a packaged product or bundled with an operating system. ATOK Server,
including support service, will probably be sold mainly through system
Justsystem also announced that preparations are underway to ship the
Ichitaro Ark for Java Japanese-language word processing software at
the same time as ATOK for Linux shipments.
(BizTech News Dept.)
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