September 30, 2003

Desktop Evolution and Lycoris Bring Toshiba-Based Laptops to Linux Users

Jason Spisak writes

"Redmond, WA - September 29, 2003- Lycoris Affiliate Desktop Evolution forges ahead with a ground-braking price and financing deal on laptops for Lycoris Desktop/LX users. The new De-Top Astro and De-Top Strider series laptops, powered by Toshiba hardware and Lycoris software, offer cutting edge features such as a 2.2 to 2.4Ghz Intel processor, optional DVD-CDRW drive and optional built-in 802.11b wireless networking starting at $1059. The Strider series is also backed by a 3 year warranty. The low prices have been coupled with a 0% financing option*, which opens the door to value-conscious individuals and corporations who desire a pre-installed laptop running the award-winning Desktop/LX OS. The De-Top Astro and Strider are immediately available for purchase from or directly from Desktop Evolution.De-Top Astro

  • Comfortable 15" XGA Screen
  • DVD-CDRW Drive
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 40 GB Hard Drive
  • Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
  • Intergrated V.92 modem
  • Lithium Ion Battery
  • Desktop/LX Update 3 Pre-installed
  • Powered by Toshiba Satellite

De-Top Strider

  • 2.2 Ghz Intel Pentium Mobile Processor
  • Comfortable 15" XGA Screen
  • DVD-CDRW Drive
  • 256 MB RAM
  • 30 GB Hard Drive
  • Integrated 10/100 Ethernet
  • Intergrated V.92 modem
  • 3.5 Hour Battery Life
  • 3 Year Warranty
  • Built-In 802.11
  • Powered by Toshiba Tecra

“Users have been
asking for top-end mainstream hardware pre-installed with the
Desktop/LX OS at affordable prices”, explains Jason Spisak,
Vice President of Market Development for Lycoris. “Desktop/LX
makes desktop Linux a reality, and when coupled with top end
hardware, like Toshiba-based laptops, and supported completely by
strong companies like Desktop Evolution, users have all the comforts
of the Windows platform.”

Linux users have long
awaited the availability of a strong desktop operating system on
mainstream hardware from a major vendor, like Toshiba. This
high-quality laptop is now completely Desktop/LX Certified and the
pre-installation allows users to be up and running in minutes. "The
options of Open Source software, the power of the Toshiba platform
and the ease of Desktop/LX pack heavyweight value with a lightweight
price," says Mike Hjorleifsson, CEO of Desktop Evolution.
Schools, businesses and end users are invited to take advantage of
this limited time 0% financing offer.

The Desktop Evolution De-Top product rollout
includes five new models in two series, the Astro -- a
lightweight, Celeron-based line powered by Toshiba Satellite, and the Strider -- a desktop
replacement that packs built-in WiFi and Pentium M processor, powered by Toshiba Tecra. The
Astro 1000, Astro 1100, Astro 1200 and the Strider 2100, 2200 are
based on Toshiba latop technolog, are backed by a 3 year warranty and are immediately available for purchase and configuration at

*Financing option starting at $34 OAC per month for 36 months at %0 for qualified buyers for a limited time.

Copyright 2003 Lycoris, Inc., Desktop Evolution Inc.
Lycoris, Desktop L/X, and Iris are a trademarks of Lycoris, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. De-Top Astro and De-Top Strider are trademarks of Desktop Evolution, Inc. The other company names or products mentioned are or may be trademarks of their respective owners. Information in news releases including without limitation product prices, specifications, content of services, and contact information, is current on the date of the press announcement, but is subject to change without notice.

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