Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 10:57:46 +0100 (BST) From: Jason Clifford <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com Subject: New version of Definite Linux I am pleased to announce the newest version of Definite Linux, the UK based Linux distribution. Below is a copy of the press release with details of the new release and detailing the distribution agreement which means that Definite Linux will now be available via retail channels and from PC resellers. A copy of the press release is also available at http://www.definitelinux.com/ Jason Clifford --------------------------------------------------------------------------- Manchester, UK 1st October 1999 Press Release Definite Software announces the first UK supported Linux Distribution. Definite Software PLC today announced the UK release of Definite Linux version 7.0, a definitive stage in the development of Linux. Definite Linux, which is 100% Red Hat* Linux compatible is based on the latest version of the Linux kernel (2.2.12) and is completely up to date. It is fully supported in the UK and includes free installation support in the price. It comes with 2user manuals / installation guides and all required documentation on CD-Rom. Definite Linux includes Star Office for personal or business use. Star Office is a complete office package for Linux, published by Sun Microsystems Inc. which includes a complete suite of office applications and has a high level of file compatibility with Microsoft Office products. Definite Software have also announced the launch of a white-box program for PC Builders to pre-install the complete Definite Linux system on their machines, together with a PC certification program including the production of PC specific installation scripts for the system builder. A sister company will produce a range of badged Definite Linux PC's which will be fully tested to be 100% Linux compatible and will come with 1 years on site hardware maintenance. Software Support Contracts are available from Definite Software, ranging from the free installation support included with the Official Retail boxed package, office hours telephone support contracts for businesses to 24 hour support 365 days a year for mission critical applications. Definite Software PLC is the first Linux Distribution company to offer a share option scheme for distributors of their products. Each copy of Definite linux sold will count towards an option scheme whereby dealers may be able to profit from the eventual success of the company. Products being released include:- Definite Linux Official Boxed Set =A339.99, Definite Linux Advanced Internet Server =A3149.99, Definite Linux Bookshelf =A329.99, Definite Linux White Box and a range of accessories including Mouse Mats, T-Shirts etc. Definite Software PLC have appointed CD-Rom Distribution PLC of Stockport, Cheshire UK as their exclusive distributor for the UK. CD-Rom Distribution have a proven track record with Linux products. For further information or review samples contact : Definite Software PLC Contact: Lance Davis email: firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: +44 (0)161 477 8848 CD-Rom Distribution PLC Contact: Ian Birchenough email: email@example.com Telephone: +44 (0)161 477 4235 Technical Enquiries Definite Software PLC Contact: Jason Clifford email: firstname.lastname@example.org Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds Redhat is a trademark of Red Hat software, inc. Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun Logo, Star Office and the Star Office logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries, and are used under license. Microsoft and Microsoft Office are trademarks of Microsoft Corp. All other trademarks acknowledged. Definite Linux 7.0 Technical Details Definite Linux 7.0 continues and improves upon the excellence of Definite Linux. Built around version 2.2.12 of the Linux kernel with patches to improve speed and support for additional hardware including the DPT SmartRAID V controllers (which means that almost all hardware RAID controllers are now supported), Definite Linux 7.0 is completely up to date and offers everything you need to implement a powerful server or workstation. As a server platform Definite Linux excels, offering file and print services, directory services, web (including secure web), email, news, and even enterprise class fax and SQL database services. Just as you would expect of any true server platform, Definite Linux offers support for all the major server technologies and offers true ease of management with well designed utilities to manage the system both at the console and remotely, even including a web browser interface to all system management features. With improved SMP and RAID support your servers will be faster and more reliable than ever before. For those wanting to use Definite Linux as a workstation even more has been done to ensure that you have everything you need. The inclusion of XFree86 3.3.5 means that Definite Linux 7.0 supports most of the popular video cards including those from ATI, Matrox, Diamond, S3, Intel, SiS, and Video Logic to mention just a few of the vendors whose cards are supported. Support for 3D graphics cards is also including so your Voodoo, TNT, and 3D Labs cards can be fully utilised. Definite Linux features many choices for how to present your GUI desktop including old favourites such as FVWM and the increasingly popular Gnome and KDE complete desktop environments. Gnome 1.0 (with all the latest updates) offers a powerful and visually stimulating desktop with features such as drag and drop being standard. A host of powerful applications come as standard with Gnome including a word processor, a well featured spreadsheet, personal management utilities and a host of tools to allow to you manage your system from within this well integrated and presented GUI. With many games and multimedia utilities included you can play CDs, MP3s, .wav files while perfecting your solitaire skills. KDE version 1.1.1 offers many similar features and is also very visually pleasing. For the artistically inclined Definite Linux includes GIMP. GIMP allows you to be creative and manipulate images in numerous formats. Many GIMP users believe that it is far superior to commercial packages available on other platforms. One of the cornerstones of the Linux world is the Internet. Linux is developed and grew up on the Internet so it is fitting that Linux benefits from a wealth of Internet tools including Netscape Communicator 4.61, packages for managing your email and news, ftp client, irc clients and much more. Because Definite Linux is not produced in the USA we are free to implement strong cryptographic support. This means that Netscape Communicator supports full 128 bit encryption and a whole host of other utilities and tools such as PGP, GnuPG, OpenSSL, SSH and others. Definite Linux also includes the international cryptographic extensions to the kernel (not compiled in by default.) You can switch between the various GUI desktop choices easily and you can even share applications running on one system to others via the X Window system. You can choose whether to have your system start straight into the GUI environment or to boot into a powerful text based shell with the option to start the GUI still available to you. In addition to all of this Definite Linux comes with many extra packages that you can choose to install as options after the main installation. These include dozens of system and network management and security tools as well as games, development systems, graphics and rendering software, accounting software and much more.