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LINEO TO ACQUIRE USE, INC.

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<div> <UL> <LI>Lineo and USE Merger Expands Embedded Linux Support for Non-Intel Platforms </LI></LI></UL> <UL> <LI>Acquisition Includes Office in Japan </LI></LI></UL> <P> Lindon, Utah - Lineo&amp;#153;, Inc., the leading developer of embedded Linux&amp;reg; system software&amp;#153;, today announced that United System Engineers (USE), based in Shiojiri, Nagano, Japan has agreed to be acquired by Lineo. USE is a custom systems engineering company with 15 years of experience in embedded system engineering for some of the largest technology vendors in the worldwide embedded system market. USE specialises in embedded printing, networking and support for multiple chip architectures. </P> <P> USE has a long history of custom systems engineering on a wide variety of hardware platforms including MIPs, Hitachi, SPARC, Motorola and Intel. This acquisition by Lineo expands the ability to run Lineo Embedix&amp;#153; Linux, the premier Embedded Linux operating system, on these platforms, providing OEMs with expanded hardware platform options. In addition to USE's speciality in embedded Linux development, USE has an extensive background in a number of other operating systems, including UNIX, OS-9, NeXTStep, DOS and Windows. </P> <P> &amp;quot;The addition of USE brings a wealth of embedded Linux engineering expertise in the most popular hardware platforms,&amp;quot; said Bryan Sparks, CEO of Lineo, Inc. &amp;quot;With the new office in Japan, we can better service OEMs in the Pacific Rim, a highly-concentrated OEM region.&amp;quot; </P> <P> Yoshinobu Ushiyama, CEO of USE said, &amp;quot;Embedded Linux is quickly becoming the operating system of choice for OEMs. The merger of these two companies will provide vendors the hardware and software platform choices and flexibility they desire.&amp;quot; </P> <P> USE is the third company that Lineo is purchasing. In February, Lineo announced their intent to acquire Zentropix and Rt-Control, providing the Lineo Embedix product family with hard real-time solutions and the ability to embed Linux in small microcontrollers. </P> <P> USE, based in Shiojiri, Nagano, Japan has 27 employees. This office will remain in place and augment the existing Lineo professional services organisation by supporting and enhancing custom engineering work. With the addition of the office in Shiojiri, Japan, Lineo now has sales, services and engineering offices in Utah, Washington, Virginia, Toronto, Taiwan, the UK and Japan. </P> <P> About Lineo, Inc. </P> <P> Lineo&amp;#153;, Inc., the leading developer of embedded Linux&amp;reg; system software&amp;#153;, develops, markets and sells embedded Linux system software and applications that provide OEMs and consumers with simple, low-cost software for interacting with the Internet via embedded devices. Lineo owns the Embedix&amp;#153; product family including Embedix Linux, Embedix SDK and Embedix Browser. Visit Lineo, Inc. at www.lineo.com. For more information, contact Lineo, Inc. via e-mail: <A HREF="mailto:info@lineo.com">info@lineo.com</A> or telephone: (801) 426-5001. </P> <P> About United System Engineers </P> <P> Founded in 1984, USE is located at Shiojiri, Nagano, Japan, a scenic mountain area approximately 200 kilometers northwest of Tokyo. USE is a thoroughly experienced systems engineering company for microprocessor-applied products and devices, providing custom engineered hardware and software solutions for a variety of operating systems and hardware platforms. USE's 15 years of experience in embedded system development is extensive, ranging from a small, precise real-time monitor for automation devices to a very large, complicated Page Descriptive Language for a laser beam printer. USE is well-established as one of Japan's leading engineering companies in Linux, Java and Internet technologies. </P> <P> Lineo and Embedix are trademarks of Lineo, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark owned by Linus Torvalds. All other products, services, companies and publications are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners. </P> <P> Web site: <A target="_blank" href="http://www.lineo.com/">http://www.lineo.com/</A> </P> </div>

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