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ZDNet: Ximian To Offer Shrink-Wrapped Linux PIM

Aug 26, 2001, 13:02 (24 Talkback[s])
"At the LinuxWorld trade show next week, Ximian, the company building a Linux desktop around the Gnome user interface, will introduce a shrink-wrapped version of its personal information manager instead of distributing it solely via user downloads from its Web site.

Ximian will offer its Evolution application, an e-mail management, calendar and to-do list manager, as a package with documentation in a $29.95 standard edition and $49.95 professional edition, said Jon Perr, vice president of marketing. The latter adds the StarOffice desktop applications from Sun Microsystems, which include a word processor, spreadsheet and presentation graphics that are compatible with Microsoft Office applications.

The conversion of a hitherto free software offering into a packaged product is unusual among Linux offerings, Perr said, but he said the low-priced packages offer "the convenience of local installation" plus documentation."

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