CodeWeavers to Provide Windows-to-Linux Functionality For New Xandros Desktop Operating System

10/28/2002 - CodeWeavers, the leading Windows®-to-Linux® software developer, announced that it has licensed its award-winning CrossOver software technology to Xandros® for use in the upcoming Xandros Desktop operating system. The technology will enable Xandros users-many for the first time-to run the most popular Windows applications, including Microsoft® Office, Lotus Notes®, Intuit Quicken, and many more, dependably in the Linux environment.

Xandros, a leading developer of a complete Linux computing environment, will launch its premiere Xandros Desktop product later this month. Among the product's key features, Xandros Desktop is an easy-to-install, user-friendly and cost effective Linux operating environment appropriate for individual and enterprise use. Fully documented and backed by Xandros technical support, Xandros Desktop is expected to be a highly attractive alternative to the Windows OS for all PC users.

Via its licensing of CodeWeavers' CrossOver technology, Xandros will offer "CrossOver for Xandros" as a leading feature of the new Xandros Desktop product. "CrossOver for Xandros" will combine functionality from both CrossOver Office and CrossOver Plugin, CodeWeavers' two best-known software applications; the resulting capability will enable users to run or open the following without the need for the Windows operating system:

Trillian, a convergent instant messaging plugin that supports AOL Instant Messenger, MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger; and Chime, a scientific plugin used in the chemical industry as well as at many colleges and universities. Other popular Windows programs are known to run on CrossOver technology, most notably Intuit's QuickBooks® small business finance package. These applications are not currently supported officially, but are expected to be supported in the near future.

"CodeWeavers' CrossOver is a powerful enabling technology that is playing a major role in the Linux movement," said Mike Bego, Vice President, Xandros. "By incorporating CrossOver technology into the Xandros Desktop, we will be able to give users of many Windows applications the assurance they need to stride confidently into the more dependable Linux environment."

"CodeWeavers and Xandros have taken a solid step toward the Holy Grail of popular computing-a competitive, Windows-compatible operating system," said Jeremy White, founder and chief executive officer of CodeWeavers, Inc. "In a very real sense our two companies have created the competitive situation the market has been seeking. We believe our combined technologies will be the first to successfully tap into the incredible latent demand for viable Windows alternatives."

CrossOver Office, the first Windows-to-Linux product from CodeWeavers, debuted in early 2002. The product has won widespread acceptance among consumers and business users alike, winning industry acclaim in the process. The application recently was honored at LinuxWorld 2002 Conference & Expo with the 'Best Desktop Office Solution' award. In receiving the award, CodeWeavers joined such world-class companies as Computer Associates, HP, and IBM, all of whom were honored at the presentation.

About CodeWeavers
Founded in 1996, CodeWeavers develops, markets and supports solutions for Linux-based systems. The Company brings expanded market opportunities for Windows software developers by making it easier, faster, and more cost-effective to port Windows software to Unix. CodeWeavers is recognized as a leader in open-source Windows porting technology, and maintains development offices in Minnesota, California, the Netherlands, and Germany. The company is privately held.

About Xandros
Xandros is the leading developer of a cost-effective, installation-friendly, complete Linux-based operating environment offering Windows compatibility and unparalleled technical support, that is designed to meet the computing needs of both professional and consumer users. Xandros has offices in New York City and Ottawa, Canada.

CrossOver Office is a trademark of CodeWeavers, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. Lotus Notes is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation and/or IBM Corporation. TrueType is a registered trademark of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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