January 9, 2003

Vivitar and Lycoris Announce Desktop/LX Certification for digital cameras

Jason Spisak writes: Redmond Wa - January 9th, 2003 - Vivitar and Lycoris are pleased to announce that Vivitar's USB Vivicams have attained full hardware certification on the Desktop/LX Operating System platform. With Vivitar's new line of digital cameras being carried by retailers such as Walmart and Target, the consumer-driven camera company has announced support for the new Desktop/LX operating system on a variety of its new digital camera models. Certified models enjoy simple use and support under Desktop/LX Update 3, shipping soon from the Lycoris.com web site, retail partners, and on PC's directly from Walmart.com.

"Desktop/LX users will be able to plug in the certified Vivitar cameras and go - a camera icon will immediately appear, "states Joseph Cheek, President and CTO of Lycoris. "Users will be able to view and edit pictures and watch recorded video directly from the camera - in short, everything they expect to be able to do with their camera. With Desktop/LX Certified Vivitar cameras, people have an affordable option they can trust right out of the box for capturing, processing and sharing digital images and video."

The new Desktop/LX Certified Vivitar digital cameras include:

Vivicam 355

Vivicam 3550

Vivicam DSC-350

Vivicam 3615

Vivicam 3620

Vivitar's certified cameras now bear the Desktop/LX Certified Logo, and both the Vivitar.com and Lycoris.com websites will show this logo next to each camera. Certification logos will eventually appear on the boxed product packaging as well, where consumers can verify Desktop/LX Certification at the retail level.

"Vivitar is committed to ensuring that our digital cameras are compatible across all desktop platforms," says Tom Piehn, Director of Imaging Technologies for Vivitar. "One of our key customers, Walmart, is leading the way with Lycoris Desktop/LX based PCs and as a significant supplier of digital cameras to Walmart, we are putting our new digital cameras through the Desktop/LX Certification process to ensure maximum customer satisfaction."

About Lycoris

Lycoris, located in Redmond, Washington, was founded in 2000 with a vision of making Linux simple enough for everyone, and pioneered the Linux-based home user desktop. Lycoris packages Open Source applications for the consumer market and integrates them into Desktop/LX, its simple, robust OS. Lycoris has enjoyed amazingly positive press coverage in Time Magazine and other publications as the provider of the best Linux-based desktop operating system, Desktop/LX. For more information please visit http://www.lycoris.com

About Vivitar

Vivitar Corporation, headquartered in Newbury Park, California, is a world leader in the development, marketing and distribution of high quality photo, sports optics and digital imaging products. For more information please visit http://www.vivitar.com

Jason Spisak
Marketing Director
+1 323 445-2646

Mike Weltz
Sales Director
+1 805 579-0444

PO Box 2313
Redmond, WA 98073-2313

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