From: "Justine tenZeldam"
To: , Subject: To editor - respectfully submitted for print Date: Thu, 1 Jun 2000 15:13:45 -0700 PRESS RELEASE May 30, 2000 Contact: Paul Cubbage FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (408)353-2164 Open Country, Inc. to speak at CINA Entrepreneur Day 2000 June 10 By firstname.lastname@example.org=20 SANTA CLARA - Open Country, Inc., publishers of Linux and other Open = Source desktop software packages, has been selected as one of three = Silicon Valley start-ups to speak at the annual Entrepreneur Day = conference at the Santa Clara Convention Center on June 10, 2000.=20 The CINA Entrepreneur conference (see http://www.cina.com) is designed = to bring together today's top companies and investors with the success = stories of tomorrow. CINA, a non-profit organization, was founded in = February 1992, by a group of Chinese Professionals from the network = computing industry.=20 "Open Country has what we call a =91lean production model=92 for = software", says founder Paul Cubbage, former industry analyst for = Dataquest of San Jose. "The OC model does the same thing for software = that Michael Dell (Dell Computing) did for hardware." To find out more about Open Country's revolutionary way of publishing = software, be sure to attend the Afternoon Session III from = 2:30PM-5:45PM, followed by a no-host social/networking event from 6-8pm. = The Conference is being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in = Santa Clara, Saturday June 10 from 9:00AM - 6:00PM. Open Country provides the applications needed to enable the market for = Information Appliances and other web devices hitting the market today. = Information appliances today are developed primarily in Asia and will = have a large market there, as well as worldwide. There are 10+ Linux = devices on the market today, including the Oracle and Gateway offerings. = (Linux runs on the newest PC=92s as well.) Other speakers at the event include Bryan Sparks, Founder of Lineo, Inc. = who will speak on the issue of Embedded Linux Internet Appliances. The = wireless device market will be the major backdrop for the success that = Open Country plans to enjoy in this new arena of Open Source software = development. One of many emerging Linux ASP companies, the team at Open Country are = huge champions of the Open Source community and use the members = themselves for support and content in a way that is mutually beneficial = to both the individual who wrote the software and the company itself.=20 "With inexpensive web devices hitting the market at a rapid rate, = we=92re poised to land in the hands of kids and other computer users = worldwide in a way never seen before," said Cubbage. "I imagine that by = the holiday season of 2001, there will be millions of these neat little = devices given as gifts to children and grandparents alike. Why buy a = simple game player when you can have a wireless device that does it all, = for about the same price?" Open Country productizes, packages and supports dozens of SOHO and = small-business software packages, enjoying a publisher-author type of = relationship with their software designers. Games and education software = will also be another major point of focus. Their high quality standards, = ease of installation and customer support set them apart from other = software sellers, as do many of their best practice endeavors.=20 They also stand apart from other Linux software developers in the way = that they obtain their product, which enables the company, investors and = an unlimited number of independent software hackers to enjoy great = reward and recognition within the industry. "The attractiveness of the Open Country model is that it's a profitable = transaction-based model without inventory risk," said Cubbage. "I've = seen this work before in the 1980's when I helped bring 274 products to = market in 2 years at Atari. With thousands of Linux software programs = floating around out there, and the Internet Appliance market as hot as = it is, there is obviously a huge market for Linux applications. And, = we=92ll have them." # # #