Red Hat and Applix

Research Triangle Park

United States, September 14, 1998

Red Hat Software to Hand Responsibility for the Successful Applixware Office Suite for Linux Back to Applix Inc.

In order to focus exclusively on developing and marketing the Open Source Red Hat Linux operating system, Red Hat, Inc. and Applix Inc. today announced that Applix Inc will have all future responsibility for the Applixware Office Suite, including Sales, Marketing, Product Support, and Quality Assurance.

Applixware products previously purchased directly from Red Hat, Inc. will still receive the full technical assistance and support of Red Hat Software.

This new relationship allows Red Hat to keep our focus on the increasingly popular Red Hat Linux OS, and will encourage ISV's to offer any application on Red Hat Linux, including other office suites, and allows Applix, Inc. to take advantage of the potential it sees for its Office productivity tools in the Linux space.

"We recognized that the Linux community needed a productivity suite that solved the problem of co-existence and document exchange between Applixware and Office 97. We undertook a substantial development project to re-write and augment our filters, and we've produced a first-class result," said Jit Saxena, CEO, Applix, Inc.

Lisa Sullivan, Director of Marketing and Sales at Red Hat, Inc. agreed. "What Applix has done is help round out the Linux OS as a full-fledged enterprise competitor," said Sullivan. "Their contribution to the Linux space has proved invaluable, and we are looking forward to Applix's continued involvement in the Linux community."

The announcement of the new relationship coincides with the release of Applixware 4.4.1 for Linux. This update of Applixware features all the standard components of the Applixware Office Suite, as well as Applix Data, a new module offering point and click access to information stored in relational databases, and Applix Builder, Applix's object-oriented, visual, rapid application development tool.

The Applixware 4.4.1 Office Suite is available directly from Applix, Inc. for $99. For those wishing to upgrade to Applixware 4.4.1, Applix is offering a $79 upgrade. For more information, please see http://www.applix.com.

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