Redmond, WA - January 30, 2003 - Lycoris formally withdraws from participation in the Desktop Linux Summit and wishes the now Lindows-controlled event great success. Lycoris originally joined the conference after assurances of balanced control and changes to the conference schedule including the addition of keynote speaker Bruce Perens and vendors like Hewlett Packard. The recent changes to the conference schedule, the withdraw of Hewlett Packard, and conference management have given a single-vendor too much focus which is no longer in the interest of Lycoris.
In keeping with the Linux community goals of showcasing the Linux desktop as an industry, market and community, Lycoris would like to see a broad coalition of vendors in control of any summit to satisfy the needs of a thriving and rapidly growing market to and ensure a fairly distributed message for consumers. The breadth of software, applications and services for the Linux desktop as well as the spectrum of corporate, small/mid-size business, consumer and education audiences call for a conference and support broader than any single vendor.
"In true Linux fashion and the spirit of cooperation, Lycoris acknowledges Lindows' needs and understands their position, even in withdraw, and hopes their event brings them what they truly desire from it," states Jason Spisak, Lycoris Marketing Director. "Who can blame them for making changes in their favor. This is business, and we're their competitor. Lycoris wouldn't get a fair shake at a conference that's now controlled, funded, scheduled and keynoted by Lindows. We defer our participation for a conference that is as originally promised--vendor neutral."
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 the provider of Desktop/LX and the ProductivityPak office suite. For more information please visit the Lycoris website at www.lycoris.com.
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