May 29, 2002

Lycoris Desktop/LX continues grow in popularity, hits shelves at Fry's Electronics

Jason Spisak writes: In response to the needs of
its customers, Lycoris has begun distribution in the retail space.
Their flagship products, Desktop/LX Personal and Desktop/LX Deluxe,
are now available at Fry's Electronics retailers. Desktop/LX has also
enjoyed continued publicity with reviews in Forbes, The Washington Post and Personal
Computer World among others. The next few months promise to be
exciting, as Lycoris prepares to release Update 2 for its popular
operating system and launch its ProductivityPak, a full office suite
based on Open Office.

Desktop/LX was given 4 stars by Barry Shalliday
of Britain's Personal Computer World, and Stephen Manes,
writing for Forbes magazine, gives Desktop/LX the edge over Red Hat,
stating, "Desktop/LX made it simple to access Windows systems on
my network; Red Hat never managed that feat." With the
continuing publicity, and more on the way, Lycoris is quickly
establishing itself as a new player in the operating system software

The increasing sales of Desktop/LX have prompted Lycoris to bring
on more staff to accommodate demand for
fulfillment. Desktop/LX sales have already outpaced the cumulative
first quarter numbers in the first two months of the second quarter.

"We are thrilled with the wide acceptance of Desktop/LX and with the reviews we have recently received.
As we prepare for the release of Update 2, our next version of Desktop/LX, as well as our Productivity Pak,
we will continue to make Linux easier, more usable, and more accessible for regular people.
We see the launch of our retail channel as the next step in that progression
," states CTO and Founder, Joseph Cheek.

As more end users make Desktop/LX their choice for desktop
operating system, the Desktop/LX community grows in parallel. Lycoris
has also had to increase the capacity and bandwidth for its Community
Website, to accommodate for
more Desktop/LX users.

With an eye on the future, Lycoris sees retail distribution as a
key to wider acceptance of Desktop/LX as the new choice of desktop
operating system. To that end, Lycoris has secured the first retail
outlet to carry Desktop/LX, Fry's Electronics. With six stores in
Northern California and seven stores in Southern California, four
stores in Texas, two stores in Arizona, and one store in Oregon,
coupled with a dedicated technology market focus, Fry's is a perfect
match for Lycoris as it starts its retail exposure.

About Lycoris

Lycoris, located in Redmond, Washington, was founded in 2000 with
a vision of making Linux simple enough for anyone to use. Lycoris
makes open source applications easy to use and integrates them into
Desktop/LX, their Linux desktop.

About Fry's Electronics

Fry's Electronics, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Sunnyvale,
California in a 20,000 square foot location by the three Fry
brothers, John, Randy, and Dave, and Kathryn Kolder. Fry's is a
closely held private company, and all of the founders are actively
involved in the daily operation of the business. Fry's was founded as
a Silicon Valley retail electronics store in order to provide a
one-stop-shopping environment for the Hi-tech Professional. Fry's has
been keeping Hi-Tech Professionals supplied with products
representing the latest technological trends and advances in the
personal computer marketplace for over 17 years. Fry's retails over
50,000 electronics items within each store.

For Additional Information

General Information:

PO Box 2313
Redmond WA 98073-2313

+1 425 413-9521 Corporate

+1 805 579-0444 Sales

+1 425 671-0504 Facsimile


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