Originally Published: Monday, 24 January 2000 Author: John Eastman
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Manchester Expands Solutions Offerings With New Linux Support

Manchester Equipment Co., Inc. (Nasdaq: MANC), the network integrator and corporate reseller entered its 28th year in business by announcing support for the increasingly popular Linux operating system.

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y., Jan. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Manchester Equipment Co., Inc. (Nasdaq: MANC), the network integrator and corporate reseller entered its 28th year in business by announcing support for the increasingly popular Linux operating system.

"A year ago, Linux was still too fragmented and immature, too short of standardization for wide acceptance by our customers," stated Laura Fontana, Director of Technical Services. "However, companies such as Caldera Systems, Red Hat, and Corel have standardized their Linux offerings so that we are beginning to see customers adopting this low-cost, reliable and compatible solution. These companies have not only taken a standards-based approach, they also offer the quality training that enables us to provide first class support for our customers."

With the increase in acceptance and usage of Linux, Manchester will be concentrating its efforts in Linux deployment for file, print, and Web servers, as well as other back-end solutions. Manchester has been a network integrator since 1984, and these new Linux support programs compliment the company's strategic local and wide-area networking expertise.

Stephen Vames, Manager of Consulting Services added, "We are putting into place programs and resources to provide our customers with analysis, design, implementation, maintenance, and support services. We are combining our traditional and well-honed multi- and cross platform expertise in Microsoft, Novell and HP Unix with our understanding of how Linux solutions can help our customers reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of their computing environments."

Linux adoption has increased in the corporate marketplace from almost no penetration in 1997 to approximately thirteen percent, according to a recent report by International Data Corporation. This growth within Manchester's core market provides an additional opportunity for the Company to deliver "value-added" services to its customers. Already recognized for its excellence due to its technical, sales, and partnership certifications with such technology leaders as Microsoft, Novell, Compaq, Hewlett Packard, Cisco Systems and Intel, Manchester continues to enhance its ability to provide technology based solutions that enable its customers to be more competitive.

About Manchester Equipment Co., Inc.

Manchester Equipment Co., Inc. is a network integrator and reseller of computer hardware, software and networking products, primarily for commercial customers. The Company offers its customers single More -source solutions customized to their information systems needs by combining value-added services with hardware, software, networking products and peripherals from leading vendors. More information about the Company can be obtained by visiting the Company's website located at http://www.e-manchester.com.

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The Company'sactual results may differ materially from the results discussed herein as a result of a number of unknown factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to, there being no assurance that the Company will be successful in instituting Linux support programs or that such programs when implemented will result in additional revenue or earnings to the Company, that the Company will be successful in attracting and retaining highly skilled technical personnel and sales representatives necessary to implement the Company's growth strategies, or that the Company will not be adversely affected by any of the other risks set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 31, 1999, and those set forth from time to time in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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