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asknet Customers Can Now Test and Evaluate Software Before Purchase

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. and OBERSURSEL, Germany – May 8, 2001 - German electronic software distributor asknet AG, is using Tarantella Enterprise 3 web-enabling software from Tarantella, Inc (Nasdaq: SCOC transitioning to TTLA), as the enabler of its new demoware evaluation service.

With demoware, asknet makes it possible for registered users to test and evaluate various software products over the Internet prior to purchasing. Customers are also able to compare similar products with one another.

With Tarantella Enterprise 3 software as the deployment solution, asknet’s customers do not need to install any software on their desktop clients. Tarantella software is also not required on the applications platforms back at asknet’s servers.

"A decisive factor in the success of our new service is the fact that, independently of the particular client type, our customers have direct access, using their browsers, to any of the 7,000 applications we offer," explains Dr. Dietmar Waudig, asknet AG's director of sales, marketing, and technology. "The easy-to-operate web integration software from Tarantella, is the ideal solution for meeting this demand. In addition, Tarantella software provides considerable time and cost reductions in implementing and administering server-based applications, since additional software need not be installed either on the application server or on the client."

"This is another example of how Tarantella software delivers solutions that are non-intrusive, immediate and cost effective," said Charles Stewart, vice president of European sales for Tarantella, Inc. "Through Tarantella Enterprise 3 software, asknet has complete control from one central administration point of all their evaluation software. The benefits of not having to install any software on either the server or the clients are very evident in this solution. We’re delighted that asknet sees such potential for the product."

About asknet AG
asknet AG, founded in 1995, is a specialist in digital software logistics, which covers all stages in the electronic value creation chain for software. With the latest technologies and services for e-licensing, electronic software distribution (ESD), and application service providing (ASP), asknet has a complete range of offerings dealing with electronic software supply. asknet provides professional purchasers and IT managers with a modern e-business platform for purchasing, distributing, and administering software in a company network. asknet supports software developers and software dealers in logistical processing and sales of software over the Internet. In addition, with several thousand download products, asknet has a comprehensive digital product portfolio of brand-name software that is offered over online portals such as asknet AG's customers include, among others, Brokat AG, Primustronix-Avitos AG, Lufthansa Systems Infratec, Globus Handelskette, Ma!
x-Planck Gesellschaft, and Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe.

About Tarantella, Inc.
Tarantella, Inc. provides a web-based solution that allows customers to regain control of their IT environment. Tarantella Enterprise 3 software, utilising the world-wide web, is the first non-intrusive application and data centralisation solution that simplifies administration and securely speeds access to Windows, mainframe, AS/400, web-based, Linux, Java and UNIX applications. For more information, go to

Tarantella, Tarantella Enterprise 3, and the Tarantella logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Tarantella, Inc. in the USA and other countries. UNIX is a trademark of The Open Group in the United States and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the US and other countries. Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the US and other countries. AS/400 is a registered trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the USA and other countries. All other brand and product names are or may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of their respective owners.

For more press information please contact:

Andy Crisp or Jo Swift
icas public relations
01442 261199

Bette Kun
Tarantella Inc
00 1 (831) 427 7397

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