August 7, 2003

Desktop Evolution, Lycoris, and Toshiba Relase Linux Tablet

STATEN ISLAND, New York & REDMOND, Washington - August 6, 2003 - Desktop Evolution Incorporated, a leading developer of high-performance, appliance and embedded devices, today announced De-Tablet, a Linux Tablet built on the Toshiba Portegeî tablet platform and pre-installed with Lycoris Desktop L/Xî Tablet Edition, Linux Operating System.

"Nothing can stop Linux now", says IDC*: Unit sales of Linux-based servers in western Europe this year will reach 182,000, according to IDC analysts, and the figure is set to triple, with revenues doubling to $1.9bn by 2007.

"The new tablet device provides IT administrators with a fresh choice in operating systems." Stated Cheldon Montgomery, president of Simplified Innovation Inc., a California technology firm focusing on Linux based thin clients.

Mike Hjorleifsson, Desktop Evolution's Chief Operating Officer said, "At Desktop Evolution we engineer solutions that provide our clients with options. The future holds an increased demand for alternative operating systems that are easily configured and available with the flip of a switch. Ease of implementation is mandatory for any businesses especially those limited by budget cuts or an overworked IT staff.

"The response to Desktop/LX Tablet Edition has been tremendous and we are delighted to be working hand in hand with Desktop Evolution to bring together cutting-edge Toshiba technology and Lycoris software into a Desktop/LX Certified product," explains Jason Spisak, Vice President of Market Development for Lycoris. "For the first time, consumers, governments, and schools can take advantage of mainstream technology and the power of Desktop/LX in a ready to go package that yields a tangible cost savings."

As a special bonus for the dedication of Linux users to the advancement of cutting edge technology on the desktop, Desktop Evolution is offering a $100.00 discount for the attendees of LinuxWorld, where the tablet is making its debut.

About Desktop Evolution
Desktop Evolution combines security, power, and flexibility of the Embedded Computing on the Microsoft and Linux family of operating systems with high-performance hardware platforms. Desktop Evolution provides solutions that offer businesses options in today's complex marketplace. Headquartered in Staten Island, New York, Desktop Evolution markets its products through value-added resellers and its on-line store, worldwide. Founded in 2002, Desktop Evolution has been providing high-quality computing solutions to a vast array of businesses, government agencies, and organizations. For more information about NetX visit

About Toshiba Computer Systems Group

Toshiba Computer Systems Group is a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. ("TAIS"), a leading vendor for portable computers. In addition to notebooks, the company offers portable and wireless accessories, Pocket PCs, projectors and mobile server computing solutions for business customers under the Toshiba brand name. For more information call 1-800-TOSHIBA or visit the company's Web site at
Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., TAIS is comprised of multiple divisions that provide computer, communications and imaging products and services. Products include industry leading portable computers, PDAs, mobile computing accessories, servers, including communications and portable servers, storage subsystems, cable modems, digital business telephone systems, voice-mail, digital cameras, security systems, and projectors. TAIS provides sales, marketing, services and manufacturing for its wide range of information products in the United States and Latin America. TAIS is an independent operating company owned by Toshiba America, Inc., a subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, which is a world leader in high technology and integrated manufacturing of electrical and electronic components, products and systems. Toshiba has global sales of over $40 billion and more than 300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide.

About Lycoris

Lycoris, located in Maple Valley, Washington, was founded in 2000 with a vision of making Linux simple enough for everyone and pioneered the Linux-based home-user desktop. Lycoris packages Open Source applications for the consumer market and integrates them into Desktop/LX, its simple, robust OS. Lycoris has enjoyed amazingly positive press coverage in Time Magazine and other publications as the provider of the best Linux desktop, whether purchased separately or pre-installed on Desktop/LX Pcs. For more information please visit

Copyright 2003 Lycoris, Inc. Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. and Desktop , Inc. Lycoris, Desktop L/X, and Desktop/LX Tablet Edition are a trademarks of Lycoris, Inc. in the U.S. and in other countries. Portege is a registered trademark of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc. 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.

* Contained in IDC's white paper, Linux as a Platform for Business


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