August 19, 2004

Lycoris Announces Desktop/LX 1.4

Robert Norton writes "The premiere Desktop Linux company reaffirms its commitment to customers with the fifth major release of the #1 alternative to Windows®

Maple Valley, WA -- Monday, August 16, 2004 -- Lycoris, the worldwide desktop Linux leader, today announced the immediate availability of Desktop/LX 1.4, the fifth release of its award-winning desktop operating system. Desktop/LX 1.4, formerly known as Desktop/LX Update 4, features an enhanced desktop powered by KDE 3.2.3, and combines all of the simplicity customers have come to expect from Lycoris with the power of the latest Open Source technology. Desktop/LX 1.4 is now available from all Lycoris resellers, and direct from the Lycoris Store at

"Lycoris' dedication to customers has never been more evident," said Joseph Cheek, CEO and Founder of Lycoris. "Desktop/LX 1.4 extends Lycoris' leading position in the market with ground-breaking new features and enhanced desktop usability. We have taken all of the feedback we received from our users, and worked hard to bring them the most complete, usable desktop experience ever. The entire Lycoris team has worked hard to reaffirm our commitment to all of our customers."

"Consumers, businesses and schools are crying out for alternatives to expensive, proprietary software," commented Rus Bayne, Vice President of Sales at Lycoris. "Desktop/LX 1.4 is easy to install, and comes ready for Internet access, multimedia and light productivity tasks - all for just $40! Now everybody has access to an alternative that's familiar, powerful and just plain fun."

Desktop/LX 1.4 builds on Lycoris' award-winning desktop platform, adding exciting new features and major behind-the-scenes changes. At the centre of this release is a new desktop experience powered by KDE 3.2.3, the latest release of the popular desktop environment for Linux. The desktop experience is backed by Bitstream's btX2 font rendering subsystem, bringing sophisticated font capabilities to Desktop/LX. Lycoris is the first company to include this groundbreaking font-rendering engine in a Linux-based operating system.

Desktop/LX 1.4 also includes AI2, Lycoris' revolutionary new application environment for Linux. AI2 , which stands for Advanced Application Integration Infrastructure, empowers both consumers and software vendors by bridging the gap between Linux and third-party applications. AI2 automatically recognizes the software that users install and optimally configures their computers to best take advantage of that software. Put simply, this means that Desktop/LX is the best platform for Linux application software.

New Features and Improvements in Desktop/LX 1.4 include:

  • New All-new desktop experience, powered by KDE 3.2.3
  • New Bitstream® btX2 font rendering engine
  • New Revolutionary AI2 application environment
  • New 52 Wallpapers provided by
  • New Lycoris Web Suite, powered by Mozilla® 1.7.1
  • Enhanced More high-quality Bitstream® fonts
  • Enhanced New icons and splash screens
  • Enhanced More applications in the Iris Software Gallery
  • Enhanced System Administrator logins disabled by default for additional security
  • Enhanced Graphical boot and login process
  • Updated Linux kernel 2.4.27, with support for a wide range of additional hardware devices
  • Updated Version of Adobe Acrobat® Reader
  • Updated Version of Macromedia Flash® Player
  • Updated Version of Sun Java® Runtime Environment
  • Updated Version of the KOffice light office suite
  • Updated Up-to-date drivers for popular 3D video cards

About Lycoris

Lycoris was founded in 2000 with a vision of making Linux simple enough for everyone. Lycoris packages Open Source applications for the consumer market and integrates them into Desktop/LX, its simple, robust operating system. Lycoris has enjoyed amazingly positive press coverage in Time Magazine and other publications. Lycoris is positioning itself as the leading provider of the best Linux based operating system specifically targeted for the desktop market, whether purchased separately or pre-installed on Desktop/LX PCs. The company is also the leader in the Linux Tablet arena, pioneering the first and so far only Linux-based Tablet PC operating system, Desktop/LX Tablet Edition. Lycoris sets the standard that all others follow. Visit Lycoris on the web at

Copyright © 2004 Lycoris. Lycoris, Desktop/LX, Iris and AI2 are trademarks of Lycoris in the U.S. and in other countries. 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, and may not include shipping, handling or tax.


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