L-Soft Responds to Growing Customer Demand for Linux Platform

London, 7 March, 2002 – L-Soft announced today that its flagship email management software product, LISTSERV®, will be available on IBM S/390 Parallel Enterprise Servers. This development comes in response to the increasing demand for support in Linux environments, (Gartner predicts that the Linux server market will more than double by 2005, from $1.8 billion to $3.8 billion), as more companies rediscover the benefits offered by the mainframe business model.

"The continual decrease of computing power costs has breathed new life into the mainframe business model," said Eric Thomas, L-Soft's CEO and founder. "LISTSERV is no stranger to S/390, having been originally developed on an IBM 4341 mainframe in 1986. In the 1990s, customers migrated to unix or Windows because S/390 hardware was no longer cost effective. But today, computing power is so cheap that it makes sense to spend more on hardware to save a lot of manpower, and people are rediscovering the benefits of the centralized mainframe business model."

An increasing number of companies are running virtual Linux systems inside IBM S/390 mainframe computers in order to reduce hardware and operations costs. Thousands of virtual Linux systems can run on a single mainframe in this manner. Hardware or software upgrades can be installed in much less time than it would take with thousands of separate servers.

Commenting on the development effort, Thomas added: "It only took about a day to install Linux on our IBM MP3000 mainframe and make LISTSERV work on that system. All unix software vendors should consider porting their applications to S/390. They will find that S/390 customers are loyal, have a high degree of technical knowledge and at least as much enthusiasm as other Linux customers."

First released in 1986, LISTSERV is the original and most sophisticated e-mail list management software available on the market. Currently, LISTSERV powers more than 210,000 mailing lists serving approximately 135 million subscriptions.

LISTSERV is now available for Windows 2000/XP/NT; Unix: Solaris (SPARC/Intel), Linux (Intel and S/390), AIX (PowerPC), Tru64, HP-UX, IRIX, FreeBSD, BSDi; OpenVMS (Alpha) and VM.

About L-Soft

L-Soft specialises in the development of products and services for professional e-mail communication management. Since 1994, L-Soft has pioneered the e-mail communication industry with LISTSERV®, the premier software for e-mail list management. L-Soft's technology is tailored for commercial usage, offering outstanding performance, reliability and scalability. Originally launched in 1986, LISTSERV software celebrated its 15th anniversary last year. With offices in the US and Europe, the company serves over 2,500 customers across the globe including AOL, British Airways, Microsoft, BT, HP and IBM.

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