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Lycoris Desktop/LX Continues to Grow in Popularity, Receives Favorable Reviews and Hits the Shelves at Fry's Electronics

Redmond, WA - May 28th, 2002 -- In response to the needs of its customers, Lycoris has begun distribution in the retail space. Their flagship products, Desktop/LX Personal and Desktop/LX Deluxe, are now available at Fry's Electronics retailers. Desktop/LX has also enjoyed continued publicity with reviews in Forbes, The Washington Post and Personal Computer World among others. The next few months promise to be exciting, as Lycoris prepares to release Update 2 for its popular operating system and launch its ProductivityPak, a full office suite based on Open Office.

Desktop/LX was given 4 stars by Barry Shalliday of Britain's Personal Computer World, and Stephen Manes, writing for Forbes magazine, gives Desktop/LX the edge over Red Hat, stating, "Desktop/LX made it simple to access Windows systems on my network; Red Hat never managed that feat." With the continuing publicity, and more on the way, Lycoris is quickly establishing itself as a new player in the operating system software market.

The increasing sales of Desktop/LX have prompted Lycoris to bring on more staff to accommodate demand for fulfillment. Desktop/LX sales have already outpaced the cumulative first quarter numbers in the first two months of the second quarter.

"We are thrilled with the wide acceptance of Desktop/LX and with the reviews we have recently received. As we prepare for the release of Update 2, our next version of Desktop/LX, as well as our Productivity Pak, we will continue to make Linux easier, more usable, and more accessible for regular people. We see the launch of our retail channel as the next step in that progression ," states CTO and Founder, Joseph Cheek.

As more end users make Desktop/LX their choice for desktop operating system, the Desktop/LX community grows in parallel. Lycoris has also had to increase the capacity and bandwidth for its Community Website, to accommodate for more Desktop/LX users.

With an eye on the future, Lycoris sees retail distribution as a key to wider acceptance of Desktop/LX as the new choice of desktop operating system. To that end, Lycoris has secured the first retail outlet to carry Desktop/LX, Fry's Electronics. With six stores in Northern California and seven stores in Southern California, four stores in Texas, two stores in Arizona, and one store in Oregon, coupled with a dedicated technology market focus, Fry's is a perfect match for Lycoris as it starts its retail exposure.

About Lycoris
Lycoris, located in Redmond, Washington, was founded in 2000 with a vision of making Linux simple enough for anyone to use. Lycoris packages Open Source applications for the comsumer market and integrates them into Desktop/LX, their simple, robust Linux desktop. Lycoris has enjoyed amazingly positive press coverage and has rocketed into the spotlight as the provider of Desktop/LX. Lycoris is currently seeking funding to accelerate the time to market of Lycoris Desktop/LX Professional and Lycoris ProductivityPak, which are the largest potential new markets for Lycoris as the leading provider of Linux specifically targeted for the desktop market. For more information e-mail

About Fry's Electronics
Fry's Electronics, Inc. was founded in 1985 in Sunnyvale, California in a 20,000 square foot location by the three Fry brothers, John, Randy, and Dave, and Kathryn Kolder. Fry's is a closely held private company, and all of the founders are actively involved in the daily operation of the business. Fry's was founded as a Silicon Valley retail electronics store in order to provide a one-stop-shopping environment for the Hi-tech Professional. Fry's has been keeping Hi-Tech Professionals supplied with products representing the latest technological trends and advances in the personal computer marketplace for over 17 years. Fry's retails over 50,000 electronics items within each store.

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