Sep 23, 2003

Seagate Ships PC Operating System Pre-Loaded On Popular Hard Drives

Seagate (NYSE:STX), the world's leading hard drive maker, and (, the leading desktop Linux company, today jointly announced the availability of LindowsHD (, a copy of LindowsOS pre-loaded on specific Seagate 40-Gbyte capacity Barracuda 7200.7 hard drives.

Computer manufacturers of all sizes can purchase the 40-Gbyte Barracuda hard drives pre-loaded with LindowsHD in the U.S. through well-known distributors Bell Microproducts Inc. or Synnex Information Technologies Inc. for no added premium over hard drives delivered with no operating system at all. "Whitebox" manufacturers, who supply 55 percent of computers built today, can save up to $100 per computer. The program is initially available through December 2003.

These pre-loaded Barracuda hard drives can help system builders to reduce production time and labor costs because they can be plugged into any Intel-compatible PC, auto-detecting the hardware and properly configuring themselves for optimum performance with no additional set-up required. The overall cost savings will empower manufacturers to offer affordable desktop computers to take advantage of the rapidly growing value segment of the PC business, as well as lay the groundwork for entering into emerging markets.

"Seagate is strongly committed to proactively bringing unique opportunities to our channel customers by partnering with innovative developers like," said Brian Dexheimer, Seagate executive vice president of Sales, Marketing and Customer Service. "Pre-loading LindowOS can help System Builders do business in completely new ways by dramatically shortening integration time and lowering costs."

"Our affiliation with Seagate will save computer manufacturers millions of dollars in software costs, allowing them to compete aggressively for cost-conscious consumers," said Michael Robertson, chief executive officer of Inc. "Seagate is providing a superior product that in combination with our operating system will change the balance of the PC ecosystem."

The English-language version of LindowsOS 4.0, pre-loaded on the Seagate Barracuda hard drives, is a complete and easy-to-use operating system tailored for desktop computers. It offers the power, stability and cost-savings of Linux with the ease of a windows environment, delivering a full suite of Internet-ready programs, multimedia playback, peripheral support for printers, digital cameras, scanners and more, as well as Microsoft networking support. Instant access to more than 1,800 additional software programs is also available from LindowsOS' "Click-N-Run" Warehouse, including Microsoft office file-compatible software programs that read and write .doc, .xls, and .ppt documents. Read more about LindowsOS 4.0 at

Computer manufacturers and VARs who want to ship desktop computers with LindowsHD loaded on Seagate Barracuda hard drives can contact distributors Bell Micro or Synnex. Those who are interested in becoming authorized resellers of additional LindowsOS products should visit

About the Seagate Barracuda
The Seagate Barracuda disc drive is among the fastest and quietest PC hard drives ever. The drive's revolutionary SoftSonic Fluid Dynamic Bearing (FDB) motor makes the drive virtually silent, despite its high-performance 7,200-rpm spindle speed. The Barracuda disc drive family has earned more praise in the worldwide press than any other 7,200-rpm hard drive. Like all Seagate hard drives, it features the 3D Defense System, the industry's best disc, data and diagnostic protection, making it the most rugged hard drive available for personal computers.

About Seagate
Seagate is the worldwide leader in the design, manufacturing and marketing of hard disc drives, providing products for a wide range of Enterprise, PC, Notebook and Consumer Electronics applications. The Company is committed to delivering award-winning products, customer support and reliability, to meet the world's growing demand for information storage. Seagate can be found around the globe and at

About gives consumers the world's most affordable choice in software, focusing on complete ease-of-use and reliability. LindowsOS is an intuitive operating system that allows the installation of hundreds of applications from the Click-N-Run (TM) Warehouse ( with just one click. LindowsOS can be experienced on LindowsOS Certified Computers (, on Seagate hard drives or ordered directly from Lindows retail products are also available at (, at Fry's Electronics stores, and through (, as well as from additional resellers listed at LindowsOS 4.0 now offers a complete suite of office software, as well as protection from spam, viruses, and objectionable-content websites through add-on paks (

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