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IBM and Trustix Extend their Partnership
IBM has selected Linux Systems Administration Solutions from Trustix 

OSLO; April 10, 2001 IBM, the leading global provider of IT solutions,
and Trustix, the leading independent software vendor of network
management solutions for Linux, announced today that they have entered
into a technology and marketing partnership that strengthens the
current cooperation between the two companies. Trustix is now
officially an IBM ISV Business Partner and will play an important role
in IBM s drive to market Linux solutions.

The agreement between IBM and Trustix includes cooperation on
technology and marketing, and the focus is to work together to provide
new integrated solutions for Internet and eBusiness for Linux.

In a first step, Trustix systems management solution will be included
in a Linux solutions offering marketed by IBM, Trustix and other

In a planned second step, IBM and Trustix will seek to jointly develop
new and integrated bundled-solutions based on software from Trustix,
and hardware and software from IBM.

"We are very satisfied with this partnership agreement," said Bjorn
Roksvold, Sales Director IBM Norway.  "Linux is a major focus area for
IBM, and we believe that Trustix has very good solutions for Linux
systems management."

"We see strong growth in Linux-based systems, and IBM is a leading
global player focusing on this opportunity", said Havard Wollan,
President and CEO of Trustix.  "This agreement is very important for
us, and both IBM and Trustix will drive our integrated solutions
through our respective sales channels."

"The new integrated solution from Trustix and IBM will further reduce
costs for organizations who want to take advantage of the benefits of
the Linux operating platform," said Arne Midjo, VP Sales and Marketing
at Trustix. "The IBM and Trustix offering will be a much more complete
and cost effective offering than what is currently available in the
Linux market"

About Trustix

Trustix is a leading Internet infrastructure software company that
provides Network Management Solutions for Linux. Trustix XPloy is the
leading Systems Management Solution for Linux. Other products from
Trustix include the XSentry firewall and security administrator and
Trustix Secure Linux, the high performance, secure and stable Linux
operating system developed by Trustix and used by customers
worldwide. Trustix AS is a privately held corporation with
headquarters in Trondheim, Norway. For more information about Trustix,
please visit the web site at www.trustix.com

About IBM

IBM is the world s largest corporation within the area of information
technology, with more than 80 years of experience helping companies
with innovation and progress. Within eBusiness, IBM is offering
companies a wide range of consulting services, solutions and
technologies. IBM has helped hundreds of companies to deliver
solutions for wireless and mobile appliances. In order to take
eBusiness to mobile eBusiness, IBM will utilise its expertise within
systems integration, web hosting, and eBusiness solutions, creating
secure and scalable solutions with a global reach.

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XPloy, Trustix Secure Linux, XSentry and Manage your eBusiness! are
trademarks of Trustix AS. IBM is a registered trademark of IBM.
Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. 
All other trademarks, service marks and company names are the property
of their respective owners. 

Media contacts: 
Helena Zissis
Communications Manager
IBM Norway 
+47 6699 8000

Arne Midjo
VP Sales and Marketing
+47 7354 50 54