Seagate and Linspire, Inc. Exclusively Bring Linspire Linux OS to Latin America

LinspireEspanol Operating System Pre-Loaded on Seagate Barracuda Hard Drives

Offers a Linux Option to Emerging Latin America Markets

Jul 27, 2004, 01:00 ET from Seagate Technology

    SCOTTS VALLEY, Calif. and SAN DIEGO, July 27 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Seagate (NYSE:   STX), the world's leading hard drive maker, and Linspire, Inc.,
 today jointly announced an extension of their agreement to offer the
 LinspireEspanol desktop Linux operating system pre-loaded on Seagate Barracuda
 hard drives for emerging markets. This package will enable computer
 manufacturers to offer affordable Spanish language Linux desktop computers to
 their customers in Latin America.
     In conjunction with Seagate, Linspire created a Spanish version of
 Linspire, an affordable and robust operating system that delivers the power,
 stability and cost-savings of Linux with an intuitive interface and instant
 installation process - even computer novices can enjoy this modern,
 next-generation operating system with just a few clicks of their mouse.
 Desktop users are offered web browsing, email, instant messaging and games,
 and for schools and businesses, a complete office suite including word
 processing, spreadsheet, and presentation program software are available.
 Visit for a complete description and to view a demo
 of LinspireEspanol.
     An English-language version of Linspire has previously been available
 pre-loaded on Seagate's Barracuda hard drives for the United States and
 Canada. Beginning in July 2004, Seagate will install LinspireEspanol 4.5 on
 select Barracuda hard drives for the entry-level PC market in Latin America.
 Seagate's authorized distributors Bell Microproducts and Intcomex, that target
 Mexico, Central and South America, can be contacted by computer manufacturers
 wishing to purchase the Barracuda hard drives pre-loaded with LinspireEspanol.
     To offer and support affordable products to the whitebox market, which
 controls 60% of the desktop computer market in Latin America, LinspireEspanol
 offers a simplified licensing, cost-effective, complete, and fully supported
 Linux solution. LinspireEspanol avoids unnecessary licensing costs and
 requires no guaranteed minimums, which has traditionally been the case with
 other operating systems. To further expand on their mission to offer
 cost-effective and value added products to their channel partners worldwide,
 Seagate has initiated expanded manufacturing of the Linux pre-loaded hard
 drives at its manufacturing plants to meet the anticipated demand.
     "By partnering with Linspire, Seagate continues to provide innovative and
 cost-effective Linux products to our channel partners, who are the driving
 force in providing affordable computers in emerging markets," said
 Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and
 Customer Service. "Seagate Barracuda hard drives pre-loaded with a Spanish-
 language version of Linux will enable system builders to offer a quality and
 affordable desktop computer to customers in a high-growth market segment."
     "Our continuing relationship with Seagate and their extensive distribution
 channel will expand the reach of desktop Linux to emerging markets," said
 Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Linspire Inc. "With Seagate's
 commitment to innovation and scalability, Linux users around the world will
 continue to have access to an affordable and easy-to-use operating system."
     Computer manufacturers and VARs in Latin America who are interested in
 desktop computers with LinspireEspanol pre-loaded on Seagate Barracuda hard
 drives should visit for distributor
 information. Those wanting to participate in the Linspire Mexico community
 forum webpage can visit  .
     About the Seagate Barracuda
     The Seagate Barracuda disc drive is among the fastest and quietest PC hard
 drives ever. The drive's revolutionary SoftSonic Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB)
 motor makes the drive virtually silent, despite its high-performance 7,200-rpm
 spindle speed. The Barracuda disc drive family has earned more praise in the
 worldwide press than any other 7,200-rpm hard drive. Like all Seagate hard
 drives, it features the 3D Defense System, the industry's best disc, data and
 diagnostic protection, making it the most rugged hard drive available for
 personal computers.
     About Seagate
     Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing
 of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC,
 Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The company is committed to
 delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet
 the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found
 around the globe and at
     NOTE:  Seagate and Seagate Technology are registered trademarks of Seagate
 Technology LLC. The WAVE logo, Barracuda and 3D Defense System are trademarks
 or registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC. All other trademarks or
 registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Specified
 storage capacities reflect standard configurations exclusive of operating
 system or other software formatting.
     About Linspire
     Linspire is an affordable Linux-based operating system, designed
 specifically for desktop and laptop computers in homes, schools and
 businesses. Linspire uses proprietary CNR technology that allows the
 installation, updating and management of hundreds of software programs usually
 with just one click. The Linspire operating system is also offered in Spanish
 (, Italian ( and Japanese
 ( Those who are interested in becoming authorized
 resellers of Linspire should visit,, or if interested in selling computers pre-loaded with
     Linspire is located at 9333 Genesee Ave., 3rd floor, San Diego, CA, 92121.
 Linspire is a trademark.

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