SOURCE: Xandros Inc.

June 21, 2006 08:00 ET

Xandros Releases Digital Lifestyle Linux Desktop

New Xandros Linux Desktop Home Edition (v4.0) Targets Home and Multimedia Users With Support for iPods, Cameras, E-mail, Web Browsing, Internet Calling and More on Secure, Stable Linux Platform

NEW YORK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 21, 2006 -- Xandros, the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows desktop and server products, today announced a new line of consumer desktop products targeting home and multimedia users: Xandros Desktop Home Edition and Xandros Desktop Home Edition - Premium. The new Windows and Mac alternatives, tailored to fit today's digital lifestyle, are available now, at the suggested retail price of USD 39.99 and USD 79.99 respectively.

Xandros Desktop Home Edition and Xandros Desktop Home Edition - Premium provide a complete media experience on the secure, stable Xandros Linux operating system (OS). The new products cover the digital home lifestyle spectrum with music management, wireless networking, photo management, Internet calling, DVD burning, iPod support, and more. Users can install Xandros Desktop Home Edition on existing hardware and enjoy transparent Windows compatibility, including the ability to work on the same files from Linux and Windows, as well as use popular Windows software products, such as Microsoft Office, or popular Linux software products, such OpenOffice.

"Xandros Desktop Home Edition fits the lifestyle of today's media-savvy consumers, without the need for a costly hardware upgrade or worry about security," said Andreas Typaldos, Xandros CEO. "Xandros users can now connect to wireless networks, sync their iPod and MP3 players, create audio CDs, surf the Web, make free Internet calls from their PCs, and protect their machine from outside intruders and viruses, with built-in anti-virus detection and firewall, for the price of what a Windows user would spend to purchase anti-virus protection alone. We offer consumers a fun and secure environment for their digital lifestyle without the frustration or damage caused by intrusion, viruses and malware, without loss of Windows compatibility and functionality -- and all at a fraction of the cost."

"While my wife uses our PC mainly for e-mail and household bookkeeping and organization, my son's digital lifestyle is much more involved. Between blogging and chatting with his friends, researching information for school and playing music and videos, the PC is really his digital home," explained Ming Poon, Xandros VP of Product Development. "With my family using Xandros Desktop they can continue using the PC the way they want and I don't have to worry about the security of our personal data, system crashes, or any of the other issues that Windows users encounter daily. For my family Xandros Desktop offers us exactly what we need as individuals and most importantly, peace of mind."

A Complete Home Computing Experience

The new Xandros Desktop Home Editions combine the security and stability of Linux with the user-friendliness of Windows and Mac OS X. Outstanding features for the Digital Lifestyle include:

--  Web: Wireless network profiles quickly connect to favorite wireless
    networks and hot-spots anywhere. Easily switch between wired and wireless
    networks, and connect to school and corporate VPNs (Virtual Private
--  Music: Music Manager with iPod support to sync iPod and MP3 players.
    Import and organize music, podcasts and audiobooks. Listen to playlists and
    collections. Create MP3s and audio CDs.
--  Photos: Xandros Photo Manager to import photos from your digital
    camera. View, edit and organize your albums. Post images online or print
    them at home.
--  Video: Realplayer support of popular media types, plus the Xine open
    source video player to support most video formats and DVDs.
--  Telephone: Skype Internet calling, including bonus 30-minute SkypeOut
    voucher to call regular phones.
--  Browser: Firefox tabbed web browsing with automatic blocking of pop-up
--  E-mail: Thunderbird e-mail with intelligent spam filtering.
--  Ease of use: Xandros File Manager for access to local and remote
    resources, drag-and-drop DVD burning, and more.
--  Updates: Xandros Networks for automatic updates plus single-click
    access to free and commercial software.
Unrivaled Windows Compatibility and Migration Support

Xandros Desktop Home Editions provide unrivaled Windows compatibility, including enhanced Windows-to-Linux migration support:

--  The first distribution to enable writing to NTFS partitions (the
    native file system on Windows computers) from Linux, which allows users to
    work with the same files from Linux and Windows.
--  Share printers and files on Windows networks.
--  Complete MS Office compatibility including the ability to create,
    read, and write MS Office documents, spreadsheets, and presentations with
--  Run MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Quicken, and other popular Windows
    programs using Codeweaver's CrossOver Office.
--  Automatically transfer Windows "personalities" to Xandros, including e-
    mail, address books, music, photos, and settings.
Standards-based Stability with Added Security

Xandros Desktop Home Editions are based on Debian GNU/Linux for the ultimate in stability, and are fully compliant with the latest LSB (Linux Standards Based) 3.1 desktop specification for universal third-party support. The secure Linux system is given an extra measure of protection with a built-in Xandros Security Suite, including Xandros Anti-Virus, Firewall Control, and System File Protector.

Pricing and Availability

The Xandros Desktop Home Edition and Xandros Desktop Home Edition - Premium are available for purchase and download from and resellers worldwide at a suggested retail price of USD 39.99 and MSRP USD 79.99 respectively. Some of the features described are found only in Xandros Home Edition - Premium. Localized versions in Spanish, Portuguese, German and French will be available in Q4 of 2006. For complete product and purchase details, please visit

About Xandros

Founded in 2001 with headquarters in New York, offices in Frankfurt and Mumbai, and research and development facilities in Ottawa, Xandros, Inc. is the leading provider of easy-to-use Linux alternatives to Windows. Its Debian-based products range from standalone consumer desktops to end-to-end enterprise desktop, server, and management solutions featuring workflow automation and centralized, remote administration. Xandros pioneered low cost, graphical operating systems that leverage existing skill sets and provide seamless compatibility with Microsoft Windows programs and networks. For more information, please visit

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