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DesktopLinux: Xandros Nears First Release: Set to Announce at LinuxWorld

Aug 05, 2002, 14:30 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Malcolm Dean)

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"Surrounded by rumors of large layoffs and financial problems, Ottawa-based Xandros will release its desktop distribution in late September or early October, Xandros President Michael Bego told today. Bego confirmed that Xandros will announce at LinuxWorld a complete desktop solution including "a spectacular office suite" and other applications aimed at low-powered PCs, making Xandros a practical solution for machines which have no hope of running resource-hungry Microsoft products.

"'We did lay off about 20% of our staff a month ago, not the rumored 60%, but that will not affect our launch plan,' Bego said. 'Beta 3 will come out in August, and Xandros 1.0 will appear in late September or early October. Our beta users say Beta 2 was one of the best solutions out there. We currently have about 25 developers on the team. We're avoiding some of Eazel's mistakes. We expect to be among the first crop of profitable Linux companies.'

"Dr. Frederick Berenstein, Co-Chairman of Linux Global Partners, the financial power behind the Xandros throne, refuted rumors that LGP had been locked out of its offices at one point for failing to pay rent. Sources also claimed, but were unable to substantiate, that Corel investment in Xandros was halted because LGP could not raise its portion of the deal. Corel currently owns 5% of Xandros..."

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