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Name of the Company Daiwabo Information System Co., Ltd.
Representative Hirokazu Matsumoto, President and CEO
(Code No. 9912, First Section of Tokyo Stock Exchange/Osaka Securities Exchange)
Head Office 3-2-5, Hommachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Contact person Koyama (Yoshio),
General Affairs Section (Public Relations)
PHONE +81-6-6281-9100

DIS Opens Linux Technology Center and Strengthens Its Ability to Accommodate Rapidly Increasing Demand for Linux

Daiwabo Information System Co., Ltd. (abbreviated "DIS"; head office: Chuo-ku, Osaka, President: Hirokazu Matsumoto) recently opened a Linux technology center ("Linux Techno Center") in the city of Osaka to strengthen its support of Linux, which is expected to experience a large increase in demand.

Linux Techno Center started operations in late July and support of sales partnerships to begin this quarter
Linux is predicted to grow at a yearly growth rate of 25.3% from 2001 to 2006, the highest rate in the OS segment. Linux-related matters are steadily increasing among the businesses in which DIS operates on a daily basis and the IT investments that are made toward public and educational institutions. In order to expand and strengthen our sales and procurement capabilities and satisfy the growing demand for Linux-related products, including internet-related Linux products (a field which is expected to grow), we established a Linux technology center called "Linux Techno Center," which commenced operations in earnest on July 22.
The Linux Techno Center was set up inside and is run by the contact center (Yodogawa-ku, Osaka) of DIS Technical Service Co., Ltd. (president: Takeshi Ogi), which is in charge of service and support for the DIS group. This technical center handles product and technical inquiries regarding Linux and handles such tasks as outfitting/set up, server construction, and providing verification information when Linux solutions are adopted. The support personnel hold such certifications as LPIC (Linux Professional Institute Certified) and RHCE (RedHat Certified Engineer) and we will continue to increase our support personnel as the business scope increases. We have already begun offering support for the Qloc series made by Qwanty Corporation (head office: Nishi-ku, Osaka, president: Yoichiro Terasawa) and we will continue to expand the range of products for which we offer support. Although the Linux Techno Center will initially provide support chiefly within the DIS Group, during this quarter we plan to begin accepting inquiries directly from retail stores who have entered into a support contract with us.

DIS to expand Linux server business focusing on small and midsize businesses and SOHO Markets
The entire DIS group is also working to accommodate the increase in demand for Linux servers and striving to expand sales chiefly in the areas of service and support. In particular, we will expand our business realm by seeking to popularize Linux among small and midsize businesses and SOHOs (small offices and home offices), which are DIS's best customers. More specifically, we plan to achieve a sales volume of 200 million yen in the first year in this field by promoting such products as Internet server solutions for businesses having up to 500 employees.
Utilizing the comprehensive capacities of the DIS Group, DIS will continue to promote its partnership with retail stores. At the same time, while conducting our various service and support programs, including 24-hour, year-round telephone support and onsite rescues (house calls) of malfunctioning equipment, we will strive to improve our customer satisfaction even further by providing total support for the installation and operation of Linux-related solutions and other computer products.

Direct inquires to
Daiwabo Information System Co., Ltd.
Contact person: Suzuki, PC3 Section,
Procurement & Sales Promotion Division
PHONE +81-3-5446-5173
FAX +81-3-5446-9683

Contact person: Koyama (Yoshio),
General Affairs Section (Public Relations),
Personnel/General Affairs Department
PHONE +81-6-6281-9100
FAX +81-6-6258-9351

Jul. 22, 2003