November 19, 2002

Desktop/LX Surges onto $199 Walmart.com PCs

Redmond, WA - November 18, 2002 - Lycoris renews its commitment to value and is now offering $199 Desktop/LX Certified Microtel PCs on WalMart.com. Lycoris Desktop/LX has made headlines as the well-made operating system alternative to Windows. Heralded as the "best bet" for a Linux desktop by Chris Taylor of Time Magazine, Desktop/LX combines ease of use, one click software access through the Iris Software Gallery, and comes pre-installed with thousands of dollars worth of software, such as an image manipulation program that can edit Photoshop files. After undergoing the rigorous Desktop/LX Certification process to ensure consumer satisfaction, the $199 Microtel PCs are available for purchase at WalMart.com. This value oriented PC allows, home users, businesses, and schools to purchase this high-quality alternative to Windows pre-installed on desktop PCs at a price they can afford.

The new $199 Desktop/LX Certified MicroTel PCs include the Desktop/LX operating system. Desktop/LX also includes the following incredible software features without any additional downloading:

  • With support for over 162 Digital Cameras, 800 printers and scanner support, your digital pictures jump to life
  • Includes a full photo editing suite with over 25 filters, layers, transparency, and capable of opening and saving select Photoshop(R) files
  • Pump up the volume with Ogg Vorbis, MP3, CDs and WAV digital music, streaming music, playlists, and online music database access
  • Be productive right out of the box with the included Word Processor, Address book, Calendar, Spreadsheet and Presentation software
  • Watch DivX, AVI, Mpeg, files and other supported formats full screen with dynamic sound
  • Communicate digitally via email, AOL(R) instant messages, and relay chat
  • Send and view digital faxes
  • Pre-configured with RealPlayer(R), Flash(R) plugin, Java(R) and Acrobat Reader(R), the built in Web Browser gives you an interactive Internet experience
  • Burn your own music CD's and backup your data onto CD-R or CD-RW.
  • Maximize your home network by viewing shared files with the Network Browser
  • Simple right click file sharing
  • Built-in Firewall for air-tight Internet security
  • Data snapshot, backup, and recovery program for configuration changes
  • Video Recovery mode
  • Use Desktop Sharing to export your desktop for remote control or demonstrations on the network
  • Powerful Remote Assistance included for fixing problems via the Internet
  • 10 games including Tetris(TM), Solitaire, Galaga(TM), and Asteroids(TM)

All this software is included for the $199 price with no hidden charges or additional fees. With Desktop/LX, you get peak performance from your $199 Microtel PC the oment you power it up. Another added feature of Desktop/LX is unlimited access to the Iris Software Gallery for each Desktop/LX computer, where users can download hand-picked software with one click. Choose from categories like Internet and Networking, Productivity, Games and Puzzles, Pictures and Photos, Music and Movies, Accessories, Desktop and Appearance, and System Tools. Desktop/LX makes installing new software easy and fun.

"Desktop/LX includes quite a bit of software because we don't think you should have to spend time downloading megabytes worth of software just to make you computer useful. We also include unlimited access to the Iris Softawre Gallery rather tahn charging people for software they could find on the Net anyway," states Jason Spisak, the Lycoris Marketing Director. "It's just a convenience and we include that in the price of the software for Desktop/LX users."

Keeping Desktop/LX PCs up to date is simple as well with the Desktop/LX Update Wizard. Users can stay current with security updates and operating system enhancements for free. Lycoris has also created a special Control Center for Desktop/LX that centralizes and simplifies installing hardware, software and making other configuration changes. Desktop/LX has garnered industry respect as a well-made product that combines the familiarity of Windows with the value and power of Linux. Refinements in ease of use for the Linux desktop, such as the Network Browser, My Linux System, Desktop Sharing, Remote Assistance and Video Recovery mode make Desktop/LX a leader in giving Linux the convenience expected from a desktop operating system.

"The best bet right now is Lycoris Desktop/LX...Lycoris has done an excellent job of hiding all the scary jargon usually associated with Linux," explains Chris Taylor in the August 26th issue of Time Magazine.

Microtel has exploded into the OEM spotlight as the provider of PCs for WalMart.com. With an emphasis on quality and value, Microtel PCs are a perfect match for the consumer interested in a Desktop/LX Certified new computer. The specifications of the $199, are just right for everyday computing and include the following:

  • VIA C3 800 MHz processor offers comparable performance to the 800 Mhz Celeron processor
  • 133 MHz frontside bus
  • 128 MB SDRAM, expandable to 1 GB
  • 133 MHz memory speed
  • 10 GB Ultra-ATA 100 hard drive, 5400 rpm (total accessible capacity varies depending on operating environment)
  • 52x CD-ROM drive
  • Up to 8 MB shared video memory
  • Integrated AC '97 CODEC audio
  • Integrated 10/100 Ethernet connection
  • Micro ATX tower case (14"D x 7"W x 14"H)
  • Available drive bays: 5.25-inch external, 3.5-inch external
  • Available PCI slot
  • High-speed serial port
  • Parallel port
  • 2 front and 2 rear USB ports
  • Game port
  • 104-key keyboard
  • 2-button mouse with wheel
  • Audio port (line-in, line-out, mic-in)
  • Stereo speakers
  • 1-year warranty, return to manufacturer

This exciting new $199 Desktop/LX Certified MicroTel PC will be available for purchase exclusively from the WalMart Online Lycoris Catalog

About Lycoris

Lycoris, located in Redmond, Washington, was founded in 2000 with a vision of making Linux simple enough for anyone to use. Lycoris packages Open Source applications for the consumer market and integrates them into Desktop/LX, their simple, robust Linux desktop. Lycoris has enjoyed amazingly positive press coverage and has rocketed into the spotlight as he provider of Desktop/LX and the ProductivityPak office suite. For more information please visit the Lycoris website at http://www.lycoris.com or contact Lycoris Media Relations at (323) 445 2646

About Microtel

Microtel Computer Systems through its built-to-order business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Microtel desktop PCs are sold through U.S. Retailers, System Integrators, and VARS/VADS. Visit http://www.buymicrotel.com for more information.

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