SOURCE: Xandros, Inc.

May 26, 2005 08:00 ET

Xandros and Microtel Launch New Line of Linux PCs and Laptops With EarthLink Package

Built-to-Order Xandros PCs and Laptops Include $69.99 Offering to New EarthLink Subscribers

NEW YORK, NY and CITY OF INDUSTRY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 26, 2005 -- Xandros, the leading developer of easy-to-use Linux solutions, and Microtel Computer Systems, a leading provider of built-to-order desktop and laptop PCs, today announced a new line of Xandros-based PCs and laptops, including a $69.99 PC and a $399 laptop, for new subscribers to EarthLink's Premium Dial-Up Internet service. The fully equipped Xandros Linux PCs and laptops provide a new Internet experience with Firefox web browsing, Thunderbird e-mailing, and free Skype-to-Skype calling worldwide. All machines are fully configurable and include an enhanced Internet security package as a standard or optional feature.

"Xandros is known for its user-friendly features, making even a novice user feel right at home, and the new security features restore the joy of going out on the web," said Rich Hindman, vice president of marketing for Microtel. "Those who bought Microtel's Xandros PCs through leading online retailers have been extremely satisfied with their purchases, making Xandros the obvious choice for EarthLink customers as well."

"Microtel's built-to-order laptops and PCs present outstanding selection and value to EarthLink subscribers," said Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO. "Based on certification tests performed in the Xandros Labs, Microtel's name-brand components will also provide excellent quality and performance."

Free Internet Calling

All Xandros PCs and laptops include free Skype-to-Skype calling worldwide, plus an exclusive bonus voucher for up to 120 minutes of SkypeOut calling to any phone number in the world. All Xandros computers include built-in invulnerability to most viruses, worms and spyware that plague Windows-based machines, and the Xandros Personal Firewall wizard to guard against Internet intruders. Buyers can select the enhanced Internet security package with Xandros Anti-Virus, encrypted home folders, and secure access to virtual private networks.

Availability

The value-packed PCs and laptops are available immediately at the www.microtelpc.com, with a $150 instant rebate for new EarthLink dial up subscribers. Prices for the AMD and Intel-based PCs range from $69.99 for a Sempron 2200+ with 256MB of RAM, 40GB hard drive and 52x CD-ROM, to $511 for an Athlon 64 3200+ with 256MB of RAM, 120GB hard drive, and a 16x double-layer DVDRW/CDRW combo drive. Notebook prices with the rebate range from $399 for a 14.1" VIA C3 to $1,433.50 for an Intel Pentium 4 3.0GHz processor and 17" screen.

The $69.99 PC and the $399 notebook come with the Standard Edition of the Xandros Desktop operation system and a $20 upgrade option to Xandros SurfSide Linux (http://home.xandros.com/products/home/desktopsurf/dsk_surf_intro.html) with the enhanced Internet security package. All other PCs and notebooks come with Xandros SurfSide Linux. For full ordering details, please visit the Microtel web site at www.microtelpc.com.

About Xandros

Founded in 2001 with headquarters in New York and research and development facilities in Ottawa, Xandros, Inc. is the leading developer of easy-to-use Linux solutions 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

About Microtel Computer Systems

Microtel Computer Systems through its built-to-order business model, designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals. Microtel desktop and laptop PCs incorporate the same high-quality brand-name components as other major PC brands and are sold directly to consumers, as well as through U.S. retailers, System Integrators, and VARS/VADS. Visit www.microtelpc.com for more information.

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