May 20, 2002

Ximian announces inclusion of Sun Staroffice 6.0 with Ximian desktop

Ximian, Inc., the leading open source desktop company, today announced it will bundle the Sun® StarOffice 6.0 productivity suite across
a range of its desktop and software management products and services for Linux. Customers buying the boxed version of Ximian[tm] Desktop Professional Edition or
subscribing to the premium Red Carpet[tm] Express software updating service will receive StarOffice 6.0 with their purchases. Workgroups and organizations purchasing the Red
Carpet CorporateConnect[tm] service for centralized software management can also install StarOffice 6.0 on each of their supported systems. As a result, Ximian end users and
corporate customers can cost-effectively include StarOffice productivity applications as part of their desktop productivity solutions. Ximian Desktop Professional Edition and
the premium Red Carpet services featuring StarOffice 6.0 can be purchased at the Ximian web site at www.ximian.com.
StarOffice is an affordable alternative in office productivity suites that runs on multiple operating systems, including Linux, the Solaris Operating Environment and Microsoft
Windows® (The Windows version is available separately from Sun at www.sun.com). The suite has a simple, easy-to-use interface and contains full-featured applications including
word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and graphics capabilities. StarOffice is a popular alternative for users who work in mixed-platform environments, as compatibility
with Microsoft Office files is critical.

Now offered as part of the larger Ximian solution, StarOffice 6.0 provides improved productivity for individual and corporate users. Specifically, StarOffice enables users to
create, open, modify, save and resend native Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and seamlessly integrates with Ximian Desktop, including one-click attachment handling in the
Ximian Evolution[tm] email client, which speeds the opening of Microsoft Office files sent as email enclosures to Linux users.

"StarOffice 6.0 is an excellent companion to the Ximian Desktop for Linux users," said Mike Rogers, vice president and general manager for Desktop and StarOffice products at
Sun Microsystems. "Customers in mixed computing environments are increasingly looking for a cost-effective desktop productivity alternative that is complete, easy-to-use, and
compatible with their Microsoft Office file formats. StarOffice and Ximian Desktop together can provide that choice to customers."

StarOffice 6.0 offers a more streamlined user interface than previous versions. New features and capabilities include improved interoperability with Microsoft Office files,
support for XML file formats, integrated creativity and productivity tools and enhanced international support. StarOffice provides users with a choice in office productivity
suites that run on multiple operating systems, including the Solaris Operating Environment, Microsoft Windows and Linux.

"Ximian is dedicated to advancing the adoption of the Linux desktop, especially for corporate customers increasingly looking to Linux," said David Patrick, CEO and president of
Ximian. "Combining Ximian GNOME, Ximian Evolution, Red Carpet and StarOffice 6.0 with our Ximian Desktop offerings provides our customers with unmatched usability,
productivity, file compatibility, email management and software updating. The range of packages and price points gives end users and organizations choices for how to best
purchase and deploy the software for their needs."

"Linux as a general purpose client operating environment has been stifled by the lack of a clean, simple-to-use graphical interface, a personal productivity suite, as well as other
popular application software packages," said Al Gillen, research director, system software at IDC. "The work that Ximian has done to develop its Ximian GNOME desktop and
Evolution products, combined with the new StarOffice 6.0 release, will help resolve some of these issues, and thereby help boost Linux's popularity among corporate users."

Pricing and Availability

All products are available for purchase directly from Ximian at www.ximian.com or by phone at 866-4XIMIAN (outside the United States, 617-375-3856).

StarOffice 6.0 is bundled with various Ximian offerings, including: Ximian Desktop Professional Edition, priced at $59.95, including 90 days of web-based technical support. Red
Carpet Express, with subscriptions priced at $9.95 a month or for $99.95 for a year. Red Carpet CorporateConnect, which includes a license for StarOffice 6.0 included with
each paid seat, priced at $150 per year per seat.

Ximian Desktop Professional Edition

The Ximian Desktop Professional Edition software, which includes StarOffice 6.0, delivers a complete desktop environment and robust suite of applications including word
processing, web browsing, email and personal information management, complete with documentation and web-based technical support. Supporting a broad range of leading
Linux distributions including, Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian, Yellow Dog and more, Ximian Desktop Professional Edition combines the Ximian GNOME desktop interface,
the Red Carpet software management and updating application, and Ximian Evolution, the leading email and personal information management suite for Linux.

The software also incorporates a host of leading third-party open source productivity applications, including the Mozilla web browser, the AbiWord word processor, the
Gnumeric spreadsheet and GIMP image editor. Ximian Desktop Professional Edition also provides 90 days of web-based technical support.

Red Carpet Express and CorporateConnect Premium Services

Customers subscribing to the fee-based, premium Red Carpet services for Linux also will receive the StarOffice 6.0 software. Red Carpet Express and CorporateConnect
services tightly integrate with the Red Carpet client software used by hundreds of thousands of Ximian GNOME users worldwide. Red Carpet is a software management
solution that efficiently and securely keeps Linux systems up-to-date. Its intuitive software channels and automatic dependency and conflict resolution let users easily install,
update and maintain software over the Internet from Ximian, leading Linux distribution providers and a growing library of other third-party independent software vendors
(ISVs). Especially important for mixed computing environments, Red Carpet uniquely provides multi-platform support, updating systems running a broad range of Linux
distributions, including Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian and more.

Red Carpet Express is a time-saving subscription service that provides customers with priority, high-bandwidth Internet downloading and updating of the latest Linux
software. After using a web-based sign-up process at the Ximian web site, Red Carpet Express customers may then experience software downloads at speeds of up to 10 or
more times faster for updating Ximian and Linux software, depending on the type of Internet connection used and geographic location.

Red Carpet CorporateConnect, is a powerful web-based service that provides customers with centralized software maintenance and version management for Linux workgroups
and servers. CorporateConnect lets organizations update systems automatically or on demand with software from Ximian, Linux distribution providers and third-party software
vendors. Just as important, the service lets administrators create, manage and customize their own private, secure "channels" for company software standards and internal
applications. About Ximian, Inc. Ximian is the established leader in providing open source desktop technology, applications, support and services for the Linux and UNIX
marketplaces. Ximian products, in use by over 1,000,000 people worldwide, are providing the ease of use, productivity and interoperability needed to propel the adoption of the
Linux desktop in corporate computing environments. Its Ximian Desktop software starts with Ximian GNOME, a productized end-user desktop based on the GNOME project,
to provide a complete graphical desktop environment and productivity application suite for Linux and UNIX systems. Ximian Red Carpet and Ximian Evolution deliver software
and personal information management solutions for both end users and corporate customers. Comprised of many of the original architects of the GNOME system, Ximian is a
foundinStarOffice is an affordable alternative in office productivity suites that runs on multiple operating systems, including Linux, the Solaris Operating Environment and Microsoft
Windows® (The Windows version is available separately from Sun at www.sun.com). The suite has a simple, easy-to-use interface and contains full-featured applications including
word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and graphics capabilities. StarOffice is a popular alternative for users who work in mixed-platform environments, as compatibility
with Microsoft Office files is critical.

Now offered as part of the larger Ximian solution, StarOffice 6.0 provides improved productivity for individual and corporate users. Specifically, StarOffice enables users to
create, open, modify, save and resend native Word, Excel and PowerPoint files and seamlessly integrates with Ximian Desktop, including one-click attachment handling in the
Ximian Evolution[tm] email client, which speeds the opening of Microsoft Office files sent as email enclosures to Linux users.

"StarOffice 6.0 is an excellent companion to the Ximian Desktop for Linux users," said Mike Rogers, vice president and general manager for Desktop and StarOffice products at
Sun Microsystems. "Customers in mixed computing environments are increasingly looking for a cost-effective desktop productivity alternative that is complete, easy-to-use, and
compatible with their Microsoft Office file formats. StarOffice and Ximian Desktop together can provide that choice to customers."

StarOffice 6.0 offers a more streamlined user interface than previous versions. New features and capabilities include improved interoperability with Microsoft Office files,
support for XML file formats, integrated creativity and productivity tools and enhanced international support. StarOffice provides users with a choice in office productivity
suites that run on multiple operating systems, including the Solaris Operating Environment, Microsoft Windows and Linux.

"Ximian is dedicated to advancing the adoption of the Linux desktop, especially for corporate customers increasingly looking to Linux," said David Patrick, CEO and president of
Ximian. "Combining Ximian GNOME, Ximian Evolution, Red Carpet and StarOffice 6.0 with our Ximian Desktop offerings provides our customers with unmatched usability,
productivity, file compatibility, email management and software updating. The range of packages and price points gives end users and organizations choices for how to best
purchase and deploy the software for their needs."

"Linux as a general purpose client operating environment has been stifled by the lack of a clean, simple-to-use graphical interface, a personal productivity suite, as well as other
popular application software packages," said Al Gillen, research director, system software at IDC. "The work that Ximian has done to develop its Ximian GNOME desktop and
Evolution products, combined with the new StarOffice 6.0 release, will help resolve some of these issues, and thereby help boost Linux's popularity among corporate users."

Pricing and Availability

All products are available for purchase directly from Ximian at www.ximian.com or by phone at 866-4XIMIAN (outside the United States, 617-375-3856).

StarOffice 6.0 is bundled with various Ximian offerings, including: Ximian Desktop Professional Edition, priced at $59.95, including 90 days of web-based technical support. Red
Carpet Express, with subscriptions priced at $9.95 a month or for $99.95 for a year. Red Carpet CorporateConnect, which includes a license for StarOffice 6.0 included with
each paid seat, priced at $150 per year per seat.

Ximian Desktop Professional Edition

The Ximian Desktop Professional Edition software, which includes StarOffice 6.0, delivers a complete desktop environment and robust suite of applications including word
processing, web browsing, email and personal information management, complete with documentation and web-based technical support. Supporting a broad range of leading
Linux distributions including, Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian, Yellow Dog and more, Ximian Desktop Professional Edition combines the Ximian GNOME desktop interface,
the Red Carpet software management and updating application, and Ximian Evolution, the leading email and personal information management suite for Linux.

The software also incorporates a host of leading third-party open source productivity applications, including the Mozilla web browser, the AbiWord word processor, the
Gnumeric spreadsheet and GIMP image editor. Ximian Desktop Professional Edition also provides 90 days of web-based technical support.

Red Carpet Express and CorporateConnect Premium Services

Customers subscribing to the fee-based, premium Red Carpet services for Linux also will receive the StarOffice 6.0 software. Red Carpet Express and CorporateConnect
services tightly integrate with the Red Carpet client software used by hundreds of thousands of Ximian GNOME users worldwide. Red Carpet is a software management
solution that efficiently and securely keeps Linux systems up-to-date. Its intuitive software channels and automatic dependency and conflict resolution let users easily install,
update and maintain software over the Internet from Ximian, leading Linux distribution providers and a growing library of other third-party independent software vendors
(ISVs). Especially important for mixed computing environments, Red Carpet uniquely provides multi-platform support, updating systems running a broad range of Linux
distributions, including Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian and more.

Red Carpet Express is a time-saving subscription service that provides customers with priority, high-bandwidth Internet downloading and updating of the latest Linux
software. After using a web-based sign-up process at the Ximian web site, Red Carpet Express customers may then experience software downloads at speeds of up to 10 or
more times faster for updating Ximian and Linux software, depending on the type of Internet connection used and geographic location.

Red Carpet CorporateConnect, is a powerful web-based service that provides customers with centralized software maintenance and version management for Linux workgroups
and servers. CorporateConnect lets organizations update systems automatically or on demand with software from Ximian, Linux distribution providers and third-party software
vendors. Just as important, the service lets administrators create, manage and customize their own private, secure "channels" for company software standards and internal
applications.

About Ximian, Inc.

Ximian is the established leader in providing open source desktop technology, applications, support and services for the Linux and UNIX
marketplaces. Ximian products, in use by over 1,000,000 people worldwide, are providing the ease of use, productivity and interoperability needed to propel the adoption of the
Linux desktop in corporate computing environments. Its Ximian Desktop software starts with Ximian GNOME, a productized end-user desktop based on the GNOME project,
to provide a complete graphical desktop environment and productivity application suite for Linux and UNIX systems. Ximian Red Carpet and Ximian Evolution deliver software
and personal information management solutions for both end users and corporate customers. Comprised of many of the original architects of the GNOME system, Ximian is a
founding member of the GNOME Foundation and sits on the advisory board. The company has secured funding from leading venture firms Charles River Ventures and Battery
Ventures and can be reached at www.ximian.com.

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