September 25, 2002

Ximian offers customized Opera for Linux with Red Carpet

Opera is proud to announce that its
sales referral partner Ximian will include a customized version of the
Opera Web browser as a download option in its Red Carpet software
management program for Linux users.

Red Carpet is a software management solution used by many Ximian
Desktop users, which keeps Linux systems up to date efficiently and securely.
The program allows users to install, update and maintain software over
the Internet from Ximian, leading Linux distribution providers, and
other independent software vendors.

"Partnering with Ximian enables us to reach Linux desktop users on all
major Linux distributions," said Jakob Snilsberg, Opera sales and
distribution manager. "Through Red Carpet, both individual and business
Linux desktop users worldwide will have easy access to Opera."

Red Carpet provides multi-platform support and updates systems running
a broad range of Linux distributions such as Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake,
Debian and more. Opera offers Red Carpet users the ideal Linux browser
for their desktop.

"With over a million sessions monthly, Red Carpet is the de facto
standard for software updating across all the leading Linux distributions,"
said David Patrick, president and CEO of Ximian. "We are pleased to be
able to offer the Opera Web browser as part of our Red Carpet software

When users register Opera, they remove the banner advertisement,
increase the browsing window area, and receive personal technical support. In
addition, users who register Opera 6 will now receive an Opera Power
Kit complete with Opera Power CD, Opera Mouse Gestures Pad, and Opera
sticker, as well as a free upgrade to Opera 7.

The customized browser offered through Red Carpet is designed with
Opera Composer, a tool that lets larger businesses and organizations
personalize the browser according to their needs. Opera for Linux offers
users the latest in browser security. The combination of Opera and Red
Carpet creates a powerful Internet power pack for software updates and
Internet browsing.

Like Ximian, companies can start reaping the benefits of the Opera
Sales Referral Partner Program. Learn more about how to earn commissions on
Opera's end-user license sales by visiting

Compose your own Opera browser at . Linux
users may download the Red Carpet application or Ximian Desktop from
Ximian at

About Opera Software

Opera Software ASA is an industry leader in the development of Web
browsers for the desktop and embedded markets, partnering with companies
such as IBM, AMD, Symbian, Canal+ Technologies, Ericsson, Sharp, and
Lineo (now a division on Embedix). The Opera browser has received
international recognition from end users and the industry press for being
faster, smaller and more standards-compliant than other browsers. Opera is
available on Windows, Mac, Linux/Solaris, Symbian OS, OS/2, and QNX.
Opera Software ASA is a privately-held company headquartered in Oslo,
Norway. Learn more about Opera at

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 million 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(tm)
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

Ximian, Ximian Evolution and Red Carpet area trademarks of Ximian, Inc.


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