January 17, 2002

Redmond Linux becomes Linux Softworks

Author: JT Smith

Redmond Linux announced today that it will be doing business as Linux Softworks. The name change is part of an ongoing effort to gain visability in the Linux software market. In addition, Linux Softworks' desktop operating system, formally known as Redmond Linux Personal, is becoming DesktopLinux. The company is setting the stage for a wider rage of products and services that center around it's flagship product.

"The Linux community, and desktop users in general, should have packaged software choices that integrate into their work environment. We are going to offer more than just a desktop operating system. We needed a company name that reflects that. Users are going to be able to buy packaged, easy to install applications made by us specifically for the DesktopLinux platform," said Jason Spisak, who is on the Board of Advisors for Linux Softworks.

This announcement follows on the heels of the release of Redmond Linux Personal, Amethyst Edition, build 44, which will henceforth be called DesktopLinux. The latest build includes updates of most major components in the operating system to include the current versions. Many users have already used the 'Redmond Linux Update' feature to upgrade to this latest build at the click of a button. Linux Softworks is currently selling this new release as a box set with 60 days of e-mail support for $29.95 plus shipping. Within the product itself, the name DesktopLinux will emerge as the brand name of the operating system. 'Redmond Linux Update' will become 'DesktopLinux Update', as will be the case with the all of the custom extensions Linux Softworks has built into it's easy to use desktop.

By changing the name of it's flagship product to DesktopLinux, Linux Softworks hopes to magnfiy the growing curiousity surrounding a Linux desktop. Search engine queries and media articles related to 'Linux on the desktop' will immediately bring DesktopLinux to the forefront of this emerging product sector. De-localizing the name was also a concern as Linux Sofotworks prepares to partner with resellers around the world.

"DesktopLinux is more internationally understandable. It made more global sense than naming the software for a place most people in the world have never been. Our focus is to bring Linux to the desktop so that everyone in the world can easily take advantage of its stregnths," said CTO and Founder Joeseph Cheek.

About Linux Softworks
Linux Softworks is located in Redmond, Washington. The company was started in the year 2000 with a vision of making Linux easy enough for anyone to use. The company makes open source applications easy to use and integrates them into the linux desktop.

About Joseph Cheek (CTO and founder)
Joseph Cheek's highly technical background has allowed him to work for companies such as Linuxcare (as a Senior Linux Consultant) and Microsoft (as a network and systems tester). He co-authored the Integrating Your Network with Caldera OpenLinux 2.3 book, was a Technical Contributor to Microsoft's Windows 98 Resource Kit, and writes a monthly Linux column for Computer Source Magazine. As an entrepreneur Joseph has worked as a freelance computer network consultant in both the Novell NetWare and Linux spaces.

About Jason Spisak (Board member)
Jason Spisak has a background in the entertainment industry, and uses his knowledge of marketing and aesthetic design to help Linux Softworks create and sell attractive, buyer-friendly products. His skills aid in positioning Linux Softworks as a player in the desktop software marketplace and bringing Open Source, profitability, and usability together under one roof.

For Additional Information
Web: http://www.redmondlinux.org
Info: info@redmondlinux.org
Sales: sales@redmondlinux.org

Linux Softworks
PO Box 2313
Redmond WA 98073-2313
[425] 869-2313
[425] 671-0504 facsimile

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