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Open Source Industry Veteran, Paula Hunter, Joins Collax to Lead U.S. Marketing

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European Leader in Bringing Linux Functionality to SMBs
Now Building Management Team for Upcoming U.S. Launch

Bedford, Mass., May 31, 2006 - Collax, Inc., a leading European vendor of affordable, turn-key, Linux-based server solutions for small and medium businesses, today announced that Paula Hunter, formerly of the Open Source Development Lab (OSDL), has joined the management team as vice president of U.S. marketing.

In coming weeks, Collax will open an office in the Boston-area, a critical step in establishing a new worldwide headquarters and providing new business opportunity for thousands of resellers in the U.S. market. The flagship product, the Collax Business Server, delivers a suite of open source applications for security, networking, and communication to run a small or growing business with no Linux knowledge required.

Paula Hunter brings more than 20 years of experience in enterprise information technology (IT), open source marketing and business development. Most recently, Hunter was Marketing and Business Development director with OSDL a global consortium of leading technology companies dedicated to accelerating the adoption of Linux. In addition, she has held key executive positions with such companies as UnitedLinux, Xevo Corporation, the ASP (Application Service Provider) Industry Consortium and Compaq Computer Corporation. She holds a B.S. in Computer Information Systems from Bentley College.

"Paula brings with her a vast network of partners and customers as well as tremendous experience in the Linux market," said Olaf Jacobi, CEO of Collax. "Her strong credentials are invaluable to the Collax team as we prepare for our U.S launch."

"Linux is well-established in the enterprise and is now poised for broader adoption by SMBs," said Hunter. "I'm thrilled to be helping to position and build Collax's presence in this large market."

Collax Product Portfolio
Collax develops and markets server solutions for security, networking, and communication, integrated with an easy-to-use GUI for installation, updates and maintenance. All Collax server solutions can be easily integrated into any existing network infrastructure. The current offering includes:

Collax Business Server is a Linux-based server solution, which offers security, networking and communication functions and requires no Linux know-how. It is available as a free software license for up to five non-commercial users, and can scale for use in small to medium-sized businesses and distributed branch offices of large enterprises.

Collax Open-Xchange Server is a collaboration suite, which offers tools to facilitate communication for personal information management as well as efficient team collaboration - whether project management, customer care or internal workflows. Available either as a software subscription or pre-configured hardware appliance including software, the server is easily integrated into any existing network infrastructure.

Collax Appliances are pre-installed, turn-key solutions that combine software and hardware to provide ease of use with no Linux knowledge required. Depending on a company's size and intended level of use, a Collax appliance will be configured for maximum benefit.

Collax sells its line of Linux-based server solutions through distributors and resellers worldwide. For more information about becoming a certified Collax solution provider, contact

About Collax, Inc. - Simply Linux
With more than 6000 customers worldwide, Collax delivers turn-key, Linux-based server solutions to run a business. The solutions contain a suite of best of breed open source applications for security, networking and communication. Also available pre-loaded on hardware, the server software can be used with any Windows, Mac or Linux client devices and requires no customer administration. SMBs or departments of larger enterprises realize Linux functionality, scalability, security and rapid innovation without learning a new operating system. Collax will relocate its headquarters from Munich, Germany to Boston, MA in early summer 2006. For more information, visit


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Baker Communications Group
Bill Baker
Tel: +1 860-350-9100

Contact Europe:
Collax GmbH
Gabi Schwarz
Tel: +49 (0)89-99 01 57-0

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