January 19, 2002

Redmond Linux Corp. becomes Lycoris, Redmond Linux Personal becomes Desktop/LX

Author: JT Smith

Redmond Linux Corp. announced today that it will be doing business as Lycoris. The name change is part of an ongoing effort to gain independence and brand recognition in the growing Linux software market. In addition, Lycoris' desktop operating system, formally known as Redmond Linux Personal, is becoming Desktop/LX. The company is setting the stage for a wider rage of products and services that center around its 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 Desktop/LX platform," said Jason Spisak, who is on the Board of Advisors for Lycoris.

This announcement follows on the heels of the release of Redmond Linux Personal Update 1, which will henceforth be called Desktop/LX. The latest update includes fresh binaries of most major components in the operating system to include the current versions. Many users have already used the Redmond Linux Update Wizard feature to upgrade to this latest build at the click of a button. Lycoris 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 Desktop/LX will emerge as the brand name of the operating system. Redmond Linux Update will become Desktop/LX Update, as will be the case with the all of the custom extensions Lycoris has built into its easy to use desktop.

By changing the name of it's flagship product to Desktop/LX, Lycoris will be able to differenciate its product and use trademark to it's advantage. De-localizing the name was also a concern as Lycoris prepares to partner with resellers around the world.

"Desktop/LX makes more sense from a product naming perspective as we prepare to enter the global marketplace," says CTO and Founder Joseph Cheek. "While the name Redmond Linux has its appeal, the names Desktop/LX and Lycoris allow us to shed the connotations of being a software publisher in Redmond, Washington."

About Lycoris
Lycoris, located in Redmond, Washington, 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 book "Integrating Your Network with Caldera OpenLinux 2.3", 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 Lycoris create and sell attractive, buyer-friendly products. His skills aid in positioning Lycoris as a player in the desktop software marketplace and his focus is to bring 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
PO Box 2313
Redmond WA 98073-2313
1+ 425 869-2313
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