SOURCE: Xandros Inc.

January 25, 2006 08:00 ET

Xandros Launches Education Edition in Response to Growing Academic Demand for Easy-to-Use Linux Solution

New Education Edition of Xandros Desktop OS Offers Simple, Secure, Stable, School Desktops for as Little as $10 per Seat

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 25, 2006 -- Xandros, the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows, today launched a special Education Edition of its flagship Xandros Desktop OS. The new Education Edition provides academic institutions, students and faculty with secure, stable, and easy-to-use Linux desktops for as little as $10 per seat. Combined with xDMS, the Xandros Desktop Deployment & Management Server, the Xandros Desktop OS -- Education Edition provides a powerful, managed alternative to Windows desktops at a fraction of the licensing and administrative costs. As part of its education program, Xandros empowers participating schools to freely distribute Xandros Desktop OS -- Standard Edition to its students and faculty for personal use.

"We are delighted to offer a complete education solution, with a full-featured office suite and other essential applications, at a cost that any school can afford," said Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO. "Through school surveys and test site feedback we assembled the mix of features which satisfy both users and the administrator's requirements, including VPN support for secure remote access, Active Directory support to tie school desktops into existing Windows networks and the ability to remotely deploy and manage user desktops. Our new Education Edition meets all of these needs right out of the box, without any previous Linux user or administrator experience necessary."

Complete Microsoft Windows Alternative for Schools

The Xandros Desktop OS -- Education Edition provides a complete Linux alternative to Microsoft Windows. Features include:

--  Windows Active Directory PDC authentication
--  Remote connection to school VPNs
--  Xandros Click-N-Connect wireless network AP (Access Point) finder
--  Seamless file sharing on a Windows network
--  Support for both MS Office and new OpenDoc formats in OpenOffice.org
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--  Ximian Evolution, an easy-to-use alternative to Microsoft Outlook
--  FireFox web browsing
    
With its built-in Xandros Anti-Virus, Xandros Firewall Wizard, encrypted home folders, and secure access to virtual private networks the Xandros Desktop OS -- Education Edition eliminates the security issues and related frustration associated with using Windows.

Special Educational Pricing

Qualified academic institutions can deploy the Xandros Desktop OS -- Education Edition for as little as $10 per seat. As part of the Xandros education program, participating schools can offer their students and faculty free personal use of the Xandros Desktop OS -- Standard Edition. For more information, please visit: http://www.xandros.com/products/education/pricing_institutional.html

Qualified students, teachers, and staff can purchase single copies of the new Education Edition for $49.95, 60 percent off the list price of $129.95. To qualify and purchase, please visit: http://www.xandros.com/products/education/pricing_personal.html

About Xandros

Founded in 2001 with headquarters in New York and research and development facilities in Ottawa, Xandros, Inc. is the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows targeting home and enterprise markets. Xandros pioneered a low-cost alternative operating system that provides seamless compatibility with Microsoft Windows programs and networks. For more information, please visit www.xandros.com

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corp. Xandros is a registered trademark of Xandros Inc. All other trademarks and/or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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