SOURCE: Xandros, Inc.

July 26, 2005 08:00 ET

Xandros "Enterprise Linux Challenge" Surpasses Expectations

Enterprise Ready for Linux -- Over 1,000 Applications for Free Offer* of Instant Replacement for Windows Business Desktops -- Offer Extended Through September 30

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 26, 2005 -- Xandros, the leading developer of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows, today announced that due to overwhelming response, the program "Enterprise Linux Challenge" will be extended through September 30, 2005. To date over 1,000 companies have signed up to qualify for a free copy of the Xandros replacement for Windows business desktops. This clear sign of enterprises being ready for Linux, surpassed even Xandros' expectations. Challenge participants download a free trial of the new Version 3 of the Xandros Business Desktop Operating System (OS), which provides seamless compatibility with the latest Windows servers, including domain authentication support, logon scripts, and group policy profiles. Participants who fill in a detailed questionnaire to help Xandros identify future enterprise needs will be rewarded with a fully licensed boxed copy of the Xandros Business Desktop OS.

"On the network side the [Xandros Business Desktop] really shines when playing with our Microsoft Windows network," said Michael Charissis, Systems Engineer with a S&P 100 company. "It plays well with the DHCP and winds up correctly registered in DNS. The integration with Active Directory saves time on the hassles of printing via the corporate print servers."

"The installation was really a no-brainer. Xandros did all the work," said Don Bosman, Information Technologist at Michigan State University. "Business Edition 3.0 picked up and correctly configured for printing, the nearest Canon Image Runner 3320 multifunction machine. We have many in the building. I was amazed to have access to the finishing features, since NO Linux distro ever auto-detected the Canon machines. Xandros has another winner."

"I see the response to our Enterprise Linux Challenge as yet another sign that the Linux desktop is poised for mainstream adoption," said Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO. "The challenge is really on our side, to get our software into the hands of corporate IT managers, so they can see for themselves how Xandros provides a secure, plug-in replacement for their costly Windows desktops."

Full Windows Server Compatibility

Version 3 of the Xandros Business Desktop is compatible with the latest Windows 2003 Server Service Pack 1, providing a secure, stable alternative to costly Windows desktops. Xandros Business Desktop provides seamless integration into your Windows-centric networks with domain authentication support for Windows 2000 and Windows 2003 servers, logon scripts, and group policy profiles. Other enterprise-class features include:

--  Speedy performance on large Windows networks
--  Seamless Microsoft Exchange connectivity
--  Latest wireless network card support including Intel Centrino, 802.11g
    speed with WPA configuration
--  Xandros Click-N-Connect wireless network AP (Access Point) finder
--  Thin clients and terminal emulation
--  SMP and Hyper-Threading support
--  And more
Complete Windows Desktop Replacement

The Xandros Business Desktop provides a complete Windows desktop alternative at a fraction of the cost, including free Skype calling worldwide and the full-featured Star Office suite compatible with Microsoft Office files. Xandros Anti-Virus, the Xandros Firewall Wizard, encrypted home folders, and secure access to virtual private networks eliminate many of the security issues associated with windows. Usability features include a familiar graphical interface and drag and drop DVD burning, making the migration from Windows to Linux simple and easy.

The Xandros Business Desktop also provides the ability to install and run many popular Windows programs, plus support for mass desktop deployment in networked environments through use of the Xandros Desktop Management Server (xDMS). Version 3 of the Xandros Business Desktop OS can be purchased in retail stores or from the Xandros web site for a list price of USD $129.95. For complete product details please visit

*IT managers, please visit the Xandros "Enterprise Linux Challenge"
( to find out how you can receive a free licensed copy of Xandros Business Desktop to evaluate for your organization.

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 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

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