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Lycoris and Bitstream Continue Alliance to Bring High-Quality Fonts to Linux

Leader in Linux desktop consumer market to offer high-quality Bitstream fonts in theme-based Paks

MAPLE VALLEY, WA and CAMBRIDGE, MA - May 24, 2004 - Lycoris and Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) announced today that Lycoris will offer high-quality Bitstream FontPaks on the Lycoris website. They will also be available in retail outlets and through authorized resellers. These include twenty-five different FontPaks organized by theme. Lycoris selected the fonts from both the Bitstream Typeface Library (BTL) and the Breaking the Norm (BTN) library, two extensive libraries of over 1,400 fonts. Bitstream’s typographers have more than two decades of experience making high-quality typographic designs for developers of applications and operating systems.

“As we've been working to make Lycoris products, such as Desktop/LX and ProductivityPak more appealing, we've found some products that would benefit not just our users, but all Linux users worldwide,” Joseph Cheek, CEO of Lycoris commented. “The FontPak series, with licensed fonts from Bitstream, is the first of these new products. FontPaks not only install quickly and easily on Desktop/LX, but the fonts can be used on other Linux and BSD-based systems, including Mac OS X.”

“For the first time, the highest-quality fonts are now widely available for the Linux platform,rdquo; said Anna Chagnon, President and Chief Executive Officer of Bitstream. “The mix of BTL and BTN fonts provides Linux users with both classic Bitstream designs and fun, edgy, and funky fonts from which to choose. Of course the Bitstream Typeface Library includes our standard classic faces, but the Breaking the Norm library offers new display, headline, and handwriting fonts, with a few text families and pi fonts thrown in. We are happy to be working with Lycoris to bring quality fonts to even more users worldwide.”

Priced from $20 to $40, these FontPaks are available through The Lycoris Store.  Additional product information is available on The Lycoris Products Page.

About Bitstream
Bitstream Inc. (NASDAQ: BITS) is a software development company that focuses on the presentation of data. Bitstream enables customers worldwide to render high-quality text, browse the Web on wireless devices, select from the largest collection of fonts online, and customize documents over the Internet. Its core competencies include font technology, browsing technology, e-commerce technology, and publishing technology. Visit Bitstream on the Web at

About Lycoris
Lycoris was founded in 2000 with a vision of making Linux simple enough for everyone. Lycoris packages Open Source applications for the consumer market and integrates them into Desktop/LX, its simple, robust operating system. Lycoris is positioning itself as the leading provider of the best Linux based operating system specifically targeted for the desktop market, whether purchased separately or pre-installed on Desktop/LX PCs. The company is also the leader in the Linux Tablet arena, pioneering the first and so far only Linux-based Tablet PC operating system, Desktop/LX Tablet Edition. Lycoris sets the standard that all others follow. Visit Lycoris on the web at

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