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LinuxCare Labs Certifies Products from APC; Inks Deal with MacMillan To Certify Linux Books

Aug 12, 1999, 18:57 (1 Talkback[s])

"Certified by Linuxcare Labs" Indicates Tested, Vendor-Neutral Compliance with Linux Technology

AUGUST 12, 1999

SAN FRANCISCO, Linuxcare, Inc., the first company to offer comprehensive Linux technical services to the Global 1000, announced today that selected products from American Power Conversion (APC) had been awarded Linuxcare Labs Certification status. In addition, Linuxcare Labs, the product certification arm of Linuxcare, entered into an agreement with Macmillan Computer Publishing to provide technical editing and certification services for Macmillan's Linux books.

"Linuxcare Labs is the only place on the planet that offers true vendor-neutral Linux certification," said David Sifry, CTO of Linuxcare. "We've been very pleased at the response we've gotten from leading vendors who see Linuxcare Lab's unique role in ensuring that their customers have the best possible experience using Linux."

Linuxcare Labs adheres to a testing methodology that contributes to the open standards effort in the Linux community. With a strictly vendor-neutral approach, Linuxcare Labs helps prevent fragmentation of the Linux platform while fostering the continued development of the operating system. Linuxcare Labs has certified selected systems from Dell Computer, Compaq Computer, and PFU (Panasonic-Fujitsu-Uchida) and has received accolades from Linux vendors including Caldera Systems, SuSE and TurboLinux for its fair, open, and authoritative certification program.

Linuxcare Labs Certified Power Management Systems

Linuxcare Labs has successfully completed certification testing for models of the award-winning APC Smart UPSÒ (uninterruptible power supply) for distributed servers and networks; and Back-UPS ProÒ, which offers smart battery backup and high performance surge suppression for workstations. Certified models include the Smart-UPS 620, Smart-UPS 700 and Back-UPS Pro 650.

In addition, Linuxcare certified PowerChuteÒ plus UPS power management software for Linux. The software gracefully shuts down Linux servers during extended power outages, sends power alerts to network administrators, and offers other advanced power management features. PowerChute plus for Linux is scheduled to be available at the end of Q3 1999. "Linuxcare Labs is a one-stop-shop for Linux technology certification," said Ted Ives, UPS Product Manager at APC. "Like Linuxcare, our business is focused on offering our customers the peace of mind that comes from knowing their technology will keep working. APC is proud to be the first vendor of advanced power management solutions to be certified by Linuxcare Labs."

Linuxcare Labs Certified Books

Linuxcare has entered into a comprehensive agreement with Macmillan Computer Publishing (Macmillan) to provide technical review and certification services for Linux books published under the Que and Sams imprints. Macmillan is the world's largest computer book publisher and has staked out a leadership position in the Linux market. Macmillan recently published The Complete Linux Operating System 6.0 featuring Linux-Mandrake, an enhanced version of Red Hat Linux.

Under the agreement, Linuxcare Labs will provide technical review of Macmillan publications, proofing pages for technical accuracy and completeness. Linuxcare Labs certification services will involve a thorough testing of concepts, exercises, examples and other technical references in the manuscripts to ensure full compliance with Linux technology. The agreement spans 13 books over the next year.

"Macmillan USA is very excited to be working with Linuxcare to ensure the technical accuracy and usability of our Linux books," said Michael Stephens, Associate Publisher, Sams Publishing, a Macmillan USA imprint. "The wealth of technical knowledge and practical experience represented by Linuxcare Labs is simply astounding and can't help but make Macmillan's Linux books stronger. We view Linuxcare as a valuable partner and are actively looking for other ways we can work together to better serve the Linux community through our books, software products, and support services."

About Linuxcare, Inc.

Linuxcare, Inc. is the first company to provide a complete solution for Linux technical support, consulting, education, and product certification for Global 1000 companies. Linuxcare supports all major distributions of Linux on all major platforms, offering a variety of programs including 24x7 enterprise-class telephone support. With funding from Kleiner Perkins and others, Linuxcare counts Dell Computer among its strategic partners. The company also hosts www.linuxcare.com, the world's leading online technical-support resource for Linux. Founded in 1998, Linuxcare is headquartered in San Francisco, Calif. The company can be reached at 888-LIN-GURU (+01-415-354-4878) and at www.linuxcare.com.

About American Power Conversion

Founded in 1981, American Power Conversion (Nasdaq: APCC) is a worldwide leader in the designing, manufacturing, and marketing of power protection and management solutions for Nonstop Networking?. APC's comprehensive range of products include surge suppressors, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), power conditioning equipment, and related software for computer and computer- related equipment. APC, which is headquartered in West Kingston, Rhode Island, reported sales of $1.126 billion for the year ended December 31, 1998. Additional information about APC and its global end-to-end solutions can be found by accessing the APC World Wide Web site at www.apcc.com or by calling 800-877-4080.

About Macmillan Computer Publishing

Macmillan Computer Publishing (www.mcp.com) is the world's largest computer book publisher and one of the industry's leading innovators in both print and digital formats. Macmillan's book imprints include Que, Sams, Hayden, Lycos Press and Waite Group Press. Macmillan's digital divisions include BradyGAMES Strategy Guides, Macmillan Software and Macmillan Online. Macmillan Computer Publishing is an operating unit of Pearson Education, the world's leading education publisher.