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SOT Opens Office In USA

SOT Opens Office In USA And Participates In November Comdex Linux Business Expo

Technology Center Hermia, Tampere, Finland - October 4, 2000

SOT, publisher of the #1 Linux in Finland - the home country of Linux and Linus - is establishing a distribution office for Best Linux in the USA in response to growing demand. SOT is participating in the Comdex Linux Business Expo in Las Vegas 13-17, November 2000 to introduce Best Linux to the US market.

The Best Linux US sales office has been established in Minneapolis and is operated by Mr. Darren Finnamore and Mr. John Gruss. Mr. Finnamore and Mr. Gruss have years of Linux Marketplace experience having worked for Frank Kasper & Associates and LinuxMall.com, Mr. Finnamore from 1992 and Mr. Gruss from 1993.

"In my previous position at LinuxMall.com - a leading online Linux shopping center - I have seen and used many Linux distributions. And I have to say, that I have been impressed by how easy it is to install and use Best Linux." said Mr. Gruss.

"We are thrilled to be working with SOT and the entire Best Linux team. The opportunity to develop the Best Linux sales channel throughout the world is extremely exciting. In a very short period of time Best Linux has grown to become the market leader in its home country of Finland. Now we are looking to further advance the market reach of Best Linux by introducing it to channels in the US and around the world". commented Mr. Finnamore.

Mr. Santeri Kannisto, CTO of SOT said that "Thanks to excellent recent reviews there is great demand from the US market. I believe this new office will make our relations with US based Linux User Groups, volunteers and end users better than they ever could be if we had just stayed in Finland and Scandinavia."

The current version of SOT's Linux distribution is Best Linux 2000, which recently received a full 5-penguin rating in a Linuxberg/Tucows review. SOT is fully committed to the continued improvement of Linux for both desktop and server applications.

About Linux

Linux is a virus-free, co-operatively developed operating system used worldwide. It was started by Mr. Linus Torvalds in Finland in 1991. Applications of Linux vary from desktop use to fully functional UNIX workstations and Internet servers. The difference between Linux and other operating systems is that Linux is Open Source software. Best Linux is developed and maintained under GPL license and is available on the Internet with source code free of charge.

About SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd.

Founded in 1991, SOT is based in Finland, where it makes the Best Linux distribution. SOT counts among it's customers several of Finland's largest companies. Working in cooperation with a global team of research, academic, commercial and volunteer software developers over the Internet, SOT's goal is to build an easier, more advanced distribution of the Linux operating system that is suitable for desktop and server applications. Along with the operating system SOT offers Linux training, commercial support and consulting services to customers exploiting the power of Linux. SOT's own hardware manufacturing operations in Tampere, Finland enable it to provide complete ready-to-use Linux based solutions.

LINUX is a trademark of Linus Torvalds. Best Linux is a registered trademark of SOT. All other names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Reviews encouraged.

Additional information:

Best Linux http://bestlinux.net http://bestlinux.org SOT http://www.sot.com

Contact Mr. Santeri Kannisto telephone +358 400 833 982 fax +358 401 833 982 email sk@sot.com

SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd. Hermiankatu 8 E FIN-33720 TAMPERE Finland

Mr. Darren Finnamore telephone +1 952 947 0822 fax +1 952-947-0876 email df@sot.com

SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd. 6975 Washington Ave. S. Suite #210 Edina, MN 55439 USA

Press samples Mr. Erno Rasanen telephone +358 400 509 775 e-mail er@sot.com

Mr. Erno Rasanen

SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd. Hermiankatu 8E FIN-33720 TAMPERE Finland

Telephone +358 3 316 5544 (direct) +358 3 316 5922 fax +358 3 316 5959 mobile phone +358 400 509775 mobile fax +358 401 509775

e-mail Erno.Rasanen@sot.com


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