Growth Enterprise Market-listed Thiz Technology will establish a Beijing office next month to provide technical support for the Linux operating system and market application software on the mainland. Thiz chairman Albert Li Sze-tang said the Chinese Government's support for Linux had helped the market for the operating system develop faster than in Hong Kong. After China's entry into the World Trade Organisation, Mr Li said, the government was expected to be more active in its fight against software piracy and encourage more small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to use Linux-based software. Hong Kong-based Thiz develops Linux applications for PC users. Mr Li said the company was seeking original equipment manufacturer partners in Taiwan to broaden its distribution network outside Hong Kong and the mainland. The group also announced the launch of four Linux-based software products - Click 2 Office, Fire Wall, ERP and Interactive Class. The first three are mainly for SMEs and individuals, and Interactive Class is for the education sector. Click 2 Office, expected to be launched this month, allows users to receive office messages by short-messaging service from mobile phones and to access server files. Fire Wall is a Windows-compatible firewall with virus detection functions. ERP, Thiz Trading System 1.0, priced about HK$3,000 to HK5,000 per module, helps users manage resources such as inventory control. Interactive Class helps educational institutions save costs on buying hard disks and administration time. Priced at HK$50,000 to HK$100,000, the software enables terminals without hard disks to operate on one mainframe computer, helping teachers monitor student activities from the terminal.