Together, System Management Software from Open Country and Update Services from Lineox Improve Affordability of Enterprise Linux

Belmont, CA - October 27, 2004 - Consistent with its strategy to provide best-of-breed system management solutions across all leading Linux distributions, Open Country today announced support of Lineox Enterprise Linux 3®. Lineox customers will be able to use OC-Manager® system management software to efficiently deploy Lineox patches and to perform new system provisioning, software management, asset management, backup/restore, remote administration and remote desktop sharing.

"Adding Lineox Enterprise Linux 3 to the long list of Linux distributions we already support, we are reinforcing Open Country's commitment to offering the Linux community the most versatile and flexible system management offering in OC-Manager," said Michael Grove, chief executive officer for Open Country. "We have found Lineox Enterprise Linux 3 to be a very robust Linux distribution and an attractive option for many organizations and enterprises." Open Country is focused on enabling the manageability of the Linux-powered enterprise - and currently supports all leading Linux distros, including Red Hat, SuSE, Mandrake, Sun JDS, Fedora, and Lineox. The company unveiled OC-Manager, its full-featured, affordable and easy-to-use Linux system management solution, this past summer. OC-Manager gives IT teams the ability to install and automatically provision, manage, and support Linux servers, blades, desktops, and appliances within hours - improving security and reducing costs. "We encourage Lineox customers looking for significant reductions in the total cost of ownership of Linux to consider OC-Manager for their system management needs," said Koski. "From provisioning systems from bare metal with Lineox Enterprise Linux 3 to performing all the other tasks of system lifecycle management, we have found that OC-Manager performs exceedingly well, is very easy to use, and has a very attractive price."

About Open Country
Open Country helps managed service providers, OEMs, and enterprise customers manage their IT infrastructure by providing integrated system provisioning, management and support software for Linux servers, blades, desktops and appliances. Open Country's solutions allow customers to build, manage, and support their Linux systems throughout their own or their customers' organizations, ensuring the availability, scalability, reliability, performance, and security of the IT infrastructure anywhere in the world. Open Country products can be deployed in hours and typically pay for themselves in weeks. For more information, visit

About Lineox
Before starting Lineox in 2003, Lineox founders have authored Linux books in Finnish, the first one in 1995 with Slackware and Red Hat on CD, and Finnish localized Linux distributions starting from 1998. Their first Linux distribution aimed at international markets was Spectra Linux 1.1 in 2002, followed by 1.2, which added installation manual in English.

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Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S.A. and other countries. Open Country, Lineox, and Lineox Update Services are not affiliated with Red Hat, Inc. or Red Hat Linux. Red Hat Linux is a registered trademark of Red Hat, Inc. Open Country and OC-Manager are trademarks of Open Country Inc. All other product names, service marks, and trademarks mentioned herein are trademarks of their respective owners.

For Open Country:
Patricia A. Roche'
(650) 947-0845
(650) 823-0193 (cell)

For Lineox:
Raimo Koski
+358 2 2361141