OS familyUnix-like
Source modelOpen source
Latest release12.5J / August 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)
Marketing targetAsian-language users
Package managerRPM
PlatformsIA-32, x86-64
Kernel typeMonolithic Linux kernel
Official websitewww.turbolinux.com

Turbolinux was a Japanese Linux distribution targeting Asian users.

Linux distribution

The Turbolinux distribution was created as a rebranded Red Hat distribution by (then) Pacific HiTech employee Scott Stone. Scott was the lead release engineer through version 3.6.

Turbolinux was notable for including licensed copies of CyberLink PowerDVD and Windows Media binary codecs.[1]


Cliff Miller and Iris Miller started TurboLinux in 1992 under the name Pacific HiTech, Inc. in the basement of their home in Salt Lake City, Utah.,[2][3]

PHT changed its name to Turbolinux in June 1999 to better identify with its flagship product.

In January 2000, Turbolinux received $57 million in investment from Compaq Computer, Dell Computer, Intel, and other companies.[4]

The Millers were "terminated without cause" from Turbolinux in July 2000[5] after a disagreement with venture capitalists.[6]

In October 2000, the company filed an S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission.[7] The S-1 indicates that revenue was $2.932 million for the six months ended June 30, 2000.[8]

After several rounds of layoffs, Turbolinux sold its name and distribution to Japanese software corporation SRA in September 2002.[9] The former headquarters at Brisbane, California closed its doors shortly thereafter and all operations were relocated to Shibuya, Tokyo.[10]

Turbolinux completed an IPO on the Osaka Stock Exchange in September 2005 underwritten by Nikko Citigroup, Livedoor Securities Co. Ltd., and Mizuho Investors Securities Co., Ltd.


On December 31, 2019, TurboLinux announced that it was immediately ceasing operations.[11]


  1. ^ http://www.desktoplinux.com/news/NS9651224512.html, archived at https://web.archive.org/web/20120415163951/http://desktoplinux.com/news/NS9651224512.html
  2. ^ Thomas Caldwell. "Streetwise in Asia: An interview with the president of Japan's leading Linux distributor, Pacific HiTech's Cliff Miller".
  3. ^ Miller, Cliff (1999-10-02). Linux 革命 [LINUX revolution, Where is the computer business going?] (in Japanese). SoftBank Publishing. ISBN 4-7973-0967-9.
  4. ^ John Markoff (2000-01-17). "The New York Times On The Web: Linux Vendor Set to Get $57-Million Infusion".
  5. ^ "LWN: Turbolinux files for an IPO".
  6. ^ "Linux.com".
  7. ^ "Form S-1 Turbolinux Inc S-1 - General form for registration of securities under the Securities Act of 1933". 2000-10-30.
  8. ^ "Form S-1 Turbolinux Inc S-1 - General form for registration of securities under the Securities Act of 1933". 2000-10-30.
  9. ^ SRA buys Turbolinux product and name Archived 2007-10-25 at the Wayback Machine
  10. ^ Turbolinux ,Inc. "Turbolinux|企業情報|会社概要".
  11. ^ [1]Archived 2020-02-28 at the Wayback Machine