March 26, 2001

Ximian appoints Todd Miceli as CFO

Author: JT Smith

Ximian, Inc., the leading open source desktop
company (formerly known as Helix Code, Inc.), announced today that Todd
Miceli has joined the company as its chief financial officer. At
Ximian, Miceli will be responsible for the company's financial direction.

"Todd brings an outstanding balance of business strategy and financial
expertise to our organization," said Nat Friedman, CEO and co-founder
of Ximian. "In his previous positions, Todd played an integral role in
aggressively raising capital, driving company growth and structuring and
negotiating profitable strategic partnerships. His breadth of
experience will be invaluable as Ximian continues its path toward building a
world-class business."

"Linux and open source are just beginning to take off in the desktop
market," said Miceli. "Recent partnerships and technological developments
have helped Ximian GNOME to gain wider acceptance and recognition, and
I look forward to helping the company continue its leadership position
as provider of the world's best open source desktop environment."

Miceli joins Ximian from Viveca, Inc., where he served as CEO and
president, leading the corporate restructuring and strategic repositioning
of the company and managing all aspects of the company's sale. Prior to
serving as CEO and president, Miceli was CFO of Viveca.

Previously, Miceli was vice president of finance and a founding
employee of e-Steel Corporation; vice president of business development and
strategic planning at GE Capital Mortgage Corporation; vice president of
the Corporate Finance Group at Jefferies & Company, Inc.; and principal
of the Investment Banking Group at Southcoast Capital Corporation.

Miceli received a B.S. in Finance from Bentley College and an M.B.A.
from the William E. Simon Graduate School of Administration at the
University of Rochester.

About Ximian

Based in Boston, Massachusetts, Ximian (formerly Helix Code, Inc.)
builds Ximian GNOME, the world's most user-friendly and cost-effective
Internet desktop. In use by more than 500,000 people, the company's
software adds an attractive and easy-to-use interface to the power of Linux
and Unix operating systems. Ximian is pursuing an aggressive plan of open
source application development, providing technology, support, and
network services to the Linux and Unix marketplace. Ximian, comprised of
many of the original architects of the GNOME system, is a founding member
of the GNOME foundation and sits on the advisory board. The company has
secured funding from leading VC firms Charles River Ventures and
Battery Ventures. For more information, visit

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