SAN DIEGO and MILAN, Italy, April 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Lindows, Inc. today announced that the company has signed a joint agreement with Questar (www.questar.it) to provide Italian citizens with Linspire. Questar is a leading software provider and exclusive distributor of Linspire in Italy. An Italian version of Linspire will be available to Questar's customers within 60 days. "International partnerships such as this one enable consumers all over the world to realize the benefits of desktop Linux," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Lindows, Inc. Questar has the ability to deliver the cost-savings, reliability, and robust functionality of Linspire to people throughout Italy." Linspire will be translated into Italian to serve Questar's customers. Questar is a leading provider of software solutions in Italy. LinspireItaliano is expected to launch this summer, although a beta version will be displayed at Desktop Linux Summit on April 22 and 23, 2004 (www.desktoplinuxsummit.org). The software will be available from Questar's partners in more than 250 locations throughout Italy (www.linspire.com/questar) and directly through the website at www.questar.it/linspire. "Questar believes that Linspire is a valuable offering to the Italian public that fills a previously unmet need," said David Orban, chief executive officer of Questar. "With Lindows, we are able to provide a software solution that allows consumers to take advantage of the technology and cost-savings of desktop Linux." Linspire offers consumers an affordable, complete computing solution. The operating system features an easy-to-use design and a wide range of capabilities designed to meet consumers' needs. Linspire also includes CNR Technology, enabling one-click download and installation of software from the Warehouse. The translated software should be launched in Italy within 60 days. Companies interested in bringing Linspire to their country can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, please contact: Kira Lee Lindows, Inc. +1-858-587-6700 ext. 263 email@example.com David Orban CEO Questar www.questar.it firstname.lastname@example.org +39-035-420-1499 About Lindows, Inc. Lindows, Inc., is a leading developer and vendor of affordable Linux-based operating systems, applications software and computer services, designed specifically for desktop and laptop computers in homes, schools and businesses. At the cornerstone of Lindows, Inc. is the Linspire operating system. Linspire uses Lindows' proprietary CNR technology that allows the installation, updating and management of hundreds of software programs usually with just one click. The Linspire Laptop Edition is specifically tailored for the power management and wireless needs of mobile computer users. The Linspire operating system is also offered in Spanish (www.linspire.com/espanol) and Japanese (www.linspire.com/edge). Those who are interested in becoming authorized resellers of Linspire should visit www.linspire.com/reseller, or www.linspire.com/builder if interested in selling computers pre-loaded with Linspire. Corporate information about Lindows, Inc. is available at www.lindowsinc.com. About Questar Questar, founded in 1993, is a virtual subsidiary company focused on the localization, republishing, channel development, sales and support activities of innovative software products with high quality and high interest for the Italian market. Questar's two divisions, the Enterprise Division for all solutions designed for the professional and corporate market, and the Retail Division with products for the home, and SOHO users, both provide technical support, training classes, provide professional help to maximize the products' success, and customer satisfaction, and market the products through wholesale distribution, VARs, retail outlets, and online or offline mail order companies. In June 2003, Questar was one of the founding companies of Avanquest Global Software PublishingT (www.avanquest.com), an association of companies that offers editing resources worldwide to software product developers.
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