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Ximian Announces Availability Of Red Carpet Express Subscription Service

Dec 18, 2001, 13:30 (8 Talkback[s])

BOSTON December 18, 2001 -- Ximian, Inc., the leading open source desktop company, today announced the immediate availability of Red Carpet Express, a time-saving subscription service that provides customers with priority, high-bandwidth Internet downloading and updating of Linux software from Ximian, leading Linux distributions, and third party vendors. Red Carpet Express provides subscribers with priority access to a network of newly added Red Carpet server sites, providing significantly faster updating of the latest software for Linux systems, even during peak demand periods. Through February 28, 2001, customers may sign up for Red Carpet Express at a special introductory price of $7.95 per month at the Ximian web site.

Red Carpet Express is a premium service that tightly integrates with the Red Carpet client software used by hundreds of thousands of Ximian GNOME users worldwide. Red Carpet is a software management solution that efficiently and securely keeps Linux systems up-to-date. Its intuitive software channels and automatic dependency and conflict resolution let users easily install, update and maintain software over the Internet from Ximian, leading Linux distribution providers and a growing library of other third-party independent software vendors (ISVs). Especially important for mixed computing environments, Red Carpet uniquely provides multi-platform support, updating systems running a broad range of Linux distributions, including Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Debian, TurboLinux and more.

With the premium Red Carpet Express service, subscribers receive priority access to a network of high-bandwidth mirror sites that can deliver dramatically faster performance than the free Red Carpet software management service. After using a simple web-based sign up process at the Ximian web site, Red Carpet Express customers may then experience software downloads at speeds of up to 10 or more times faster for updating Ximian, and other open source and proprietary Linux software, depending on the type of Internet connection and their geographic location. Subscribers can also use the My Account section of the Ximian web site to maintain their own accounts, including login information and billing data.

Ximian is responding to overwhelming customer demand for a high-speed subscription service for Linux software management and updating, said David Patrick, Ximian president and CEO. The enormous popularity of Red Carpet resulted in over 700,000 updates in November alone. With Red Carpet Express, users can now choose significantly faster access to what is emerging as the de facto standard method for keeping Linux software up to date.

"As the local affiliate for NBC, KSL will be hosting NBC's Winter Olympic coverage and will serve as its primary Internet provider for the Olympics. The high profile of this event reinforces our need for the latest security updates," said Kerry Cox, network engineer at KSL.com in Salt Lake City. "Since its introduction in the spring, Red Carpet has become essential to the daily maintenance of both my personal systems and the 30-plus web servers we use to host KSL.com. With the new Red Carpet Express from Ximian, I can get the most recent Linux security and software updates for our servers in a time-saving updating process that is both simple and fast."

Red Carpet Software Management Services Red Carpet Express is one of the Ximian Red Carpet services that bring software vendors, end users and corporate customers together to seamlessly deliver and manage the Linux software they use. Red Carpet CorporateConnect, announced this fall, is a unique hosted service that will provide corporate customers with a web-based management console to centrally manage, control and customize the Linux software they distribute and update internally.

The Red Carpet Partner Program offers users access to a growing library of software from a host of third-party developers, while providing the software vendors with a unique cross-platform updating and distribution mechanism to reach hundreds of thousands of users worldwide. CodeWeavers, Loki Software, Opera Software ASA, VMware and Sun are among the vendors who have joined the Red Carpet Partner Program and will now offer their software and updates to Ximian Desktop users who run Red Carpet.

Pricing and Availability
Ximian is offering special introduction pricing for Red Carpet Express. Customers who subscribe by February 28, 2002 will be billed only $7.95 a month through June 30, 2002, a 20% savings off the regular monthly price of $9.95. Customers may also choose an annual subscription with introductory pricing of $99.95. Customers can sign up for the service using a convenient web-based registration process at store.ximian.com/redcarpet, and then simply enter an activation code into the Red Carpet client software.

Red Carpet Express requires the new version 1.2 of the Red Carpet client application included with Ximian Desktop, which is available for free download or purchase on CD ($29.95 and $49.95 for the Standard and Professional Editions, respectively) from the Ximian web site at www.ximian.com. Red Carpet users will continue to have the option of using the free public Ximian servers for software updating.