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Largo Proves Linux Desktops Work for the Enterprise

Dateline August 27th - Largo, Florida and Dallas, Texas - Today, the VP of Technology for Bynari Inc., Tom Adelstein, and the CIO of the City of Largo, Harold Schumaker, announced deployment of an "All-Linux" groupware solution for the west Florida community. The City chose Bynari's Insight solution for messaging and collaboration, to replace their existing system running Novell's GroupWise product. This announcement follows the July disclosure by Dave Richards, Systems Administrator for the City that they had gone live with the KDE Linux desktop.

The Insight solution enables Largo's city government to run messaging and collaboration on a Linux-based thin client network in a Windows-free environment. The move saves taxpayers millions of dollars in hardware, software, support, and upgrade costs. According to Adelstein, "Largo has become a model network environment for governments. In the future, we'll view this as a major milestone in information technology."

"When Largo says they have saved the local taxpayers millions, they aren't being cavalier or flip in any way," says Tom Adelstein. "They did an exhaustive search for solutions, sent out Requests for Proposals (RFPs), demanded extensive documentation, ran proofs of concept, and negotiated our contract aggressively. They put my team through an exhaustive sales cycle and specified an extensive set of features."

"We went with Insight for three reasons," says Mr. Schumaker. " One, it works on Linux. Two, it offered all the features we were looking for. Finally it offered us a significant cost savings."

Although many publications herald the potential of the Linux desktop, they often cite the lack of a Microsoft Outlook solution for its failure to enter the enterprise space. Bynari's Insight Groupware removes that barrier with a world-class solution that can match any offering, including Redmond's. The Insight Groupware provides seamless interoperability between Outlook and Linux users.

"The day will come when political candidates will face budgetary questions about using Windows instead of Linux," Adelstein observed. "Largo provides the proof needed to create such a political agenda. When you project their open source solutions to other municipal, state, and Federal agencies throughout the United States, the potential savings run into hundreds of billions of dollars."

While Bynari's solutions have been adopted by IBM's eServers, they are equally at home on the highly scaled Intel system built by the City of Largo. "It doesn't matter what platform a customer runs, Linux saves money regardless of the type of enterprise. In Bynari's opinion," Adelstein adds, "in these economic times, Bynari provides the cost effective solutions that clients are looking for."

About Bynari

Earlier in the year, Bynari wrote a version of its Insight Server for IBM's zSeries and S/390 Linux eServers. Bynari is now an IBM Business Partner, leading the way to scalable, low-cost, high-availability solutions.

A privately held company headquartered in Dallas, TX, Bynari designs, develops and markets Open Standards-based software products based on Linux and UNIX which provide advanced messaging, e-mail and workgroup collaboration capabilities for a number of different operating environments.

Bynari Insight Server presents an attractive messaging and collaboration solution for organizations running Linux on the mainframe, and for any company moving away from proprietary standards and exploiting the benefits of commercial Unix/Linux platforms. It offers interoperability among these different platforms and also provides a bridge between Unix/Linux workstations and Microsoft Outlook desktops.

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