The release date of Asianux 2.0 has been brought forward one month. The move will allow the operating system to be proposed for a massive education database to be built in South Korea, according to Haansoft, one of the three companies developing the software.

Originally planned for release in August, the release of Asianux 2.0 will now take place in July, said Jennifer Park, a spokeswoman for Haansoft.

Asianux 2.0 is the second version of an Asian Linux distribution being developed by companies in China, Japan and South Korea as a standard Linux version for Asia. The first version of the operating system, Asianux 1.0, was released in June 2004. It was developed by China's Red Flag Software and Japan's Miracle Linux. Haansoft joined the Asianux effort in October 2004.

Based on the Linux 2.6 kernel, Asianux 2.0 will be available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions and will be more stable than Asianux 1.0, Park said.

The release of Asianux 2.0 was moved forward in part so that the operating system could be proposed as a platform for South Korea's National Education Information System (NEIS), a national education database that will include information on every student at the elementary school, middle school and high-school level, Park said.

The South Korean government has not yet made a final decision on whether NEIS will be based on open-source software and Haansoft is pushing for the project to use Linux, she said.