The FIRST and ONLY Palm compatible Linux-based operating system for Palm IIIx and IIIxe!

Empower Technologies Announces Release of LinuxDA O/S

REDMOND, WA - July 17, 2001 - Empower Technologies Inc. announces the release of the world's first major operating system (O/S) upgrade for Palm IIIx and IIIxe handhelds. Empower Technologies' embedded LinuxDA O/S DB v1.0 is faster, more powerful, and more robust than the original Palm O/S. Empower Technologies becomes the first and only corporation within the consumer electronics industry to replace the Palm O/S, providing Palm handheld users and other PDA manufacturers with an alternative O/S.

LinuxDA O/S replaces the Palm O/S within the actual handheld device but still remains fully compatible with Palm's hardware, proving that LinuxDA O/S is a flexible and powerful operating system. Using the open source Linux kernel, Empower Technologies has designed LinuxDA O/S to be the first Linux compatible O/S scaled down for the Motorola Dragonball CPU platform used by Palm handhelds.

A DEMO version of LinuxDA O/S for Palm IIIx and IIIxe, along with a user manual, is now available for FREE download from Empower Technologies at www.linuxda.com. The DEMO version includes Address, Schedule, Calculator, and game software applications.

Empower Technologies Inc. will soon be launching an e-commerce site to allow consumers to easily purchase the full version of the LinuxDA O/S. The first 1,000 consumers to pre-order on the LinuxDA web-site will receive a gift. Also, every pre-order received by August 1st will be eligible to enter a draw to win one of ten Palm IIIxe-compatible handhelds with embedded LinuxDA O/S.

LinuxDA is the dominant software platform for the Consumer Electronics Industry. With LinuxDA, Empower Technologies' vision is to create a common operating system compatible with all consumer electronics products, regardless of the manufacturer brand. This unique technology allows for complete connectivity among various consumer electronics appliances, satisfying end-consumers' demands for increased communication and choice.

About Empower Technologies Inc.
Headquartered in Redmond, Washington, Empower Technologies Inc. is an innovative company that brings the power and flexibility of the Linux Operating System to the Consumer Electronics Industry and emerging Intelligent Appliance Market. Incorporated in February 2000, Empower Technologies has established several offices throughout the world, the most important being its Canadian R&D Center, located in Richmond, British Columbia. This global presence has allowed Empower Technologies to effectively penetrate its targeted market. Furthermore, through the development of quality partnerships and strategic alliances, Empower Technologies is positioning itself to become the industry leader for Linux-based embedded solutions. Uniting top professionals from within the computer industry, Empower Technologies is committed to being the leading provider of Linux-based embedded system technologies and solutions for consumer electronics manufacturers.

Contact information:

Media Enquiries:
Boni Fox Gray, Firefox Communications. 604-913-1311 or [email protected]

LinuxDA O/S Licensing Enquiries: [email protected] or Tel 425-881-0909

More information on Empower Technologies Inc: www.empowertechnologies.com

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