Helix Code Brings Helix GNOME 1.0 to the Desktop

San Jose, CA
August 15, 2000

The Linux desktop took its greatest step forward today with the release of Helix GNOME 1.0 the final and most complete version of the GUI desktop for users, including more than 100 software packages and applications as well as an automatic updating system.

Without question, Helix GNOME 1.0 is the most comprehensive and easy-to-install suite of applications available to the Linux user in one complete package, said Nat Friedman, CEO and co-founder of Helix Code, while introducing the completed software application at the LinuxWorld Expo.

More importantly, the list of applications, offerings and services is potentially infinite through the use of Helix Updater, which provides one-click, real-time updates to the user's desktop.?

In fact, even prior to the 1.0 release, the Helix Updater has provided more than 3 million updates to Helix GNOME users since its introduction in March 2000.

In addition to being a user-friendly desktop, Helix GNOME 1.0 also ships with a complete software development platform, and the tools you need to write modern applications, said Miguel de Icaza, Chief Technology Officer for Helix Code and founder and leader of the world-wide GNOME project.

Despite its only recent introduction, Helix GNOME 1.0 is already being acknowledged as a standard user interface within the industry. Today IBM announced the availability of Helix GNOME 1.0 on its ThinkPad laptop. Additionally, Turbolinux has chosen the new interface as the default desktop for the next release of its operating system.

Helix GNOME 1.0 includes:

Debian Potato
Red Hat Linux 6.0, 6.1, 6.2
TurboLinux Workstation 6.0
Mandrake 7.0, 7.1
SuSE 6.3, 6.4
Caldera OpenLinux eDesktop 2.4
LinuxPPC 2000,
Yellow Dog Linux Champion Server 1.2
Sun Solaris 2.

An easy way to keep your system up-to-date, and provides easy installation of new software.

Gnumeric - Spreadsheet
AbiWord - Word Processor
GnomeCard - Addressbook
GnomeCal - Caldendar
GNUCash - Personal Finance Manager
Dia - Diagramming Application
GIMP - Image Manipulation Program

Multimedia - CD, MP3, Wave players, and audio mixer
Communication - IRC, ICQ, AIM clients
Graphics - Icon editor and image viewer

Many familiar games, including Mahjongg and over 30 Solitaire variations