AlmondSeed Software Announces Shipment of The Almond Utilities for UNIX for Solaris 2.4

-- Formerly The Norton Utilities for UNIX; Provides Disk and File Management Tools--

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA; April 21, 1995-- AlmondSeed Software Inc. announced today that The Almond Utilities for UNIX, a comprehensive suite of disk and file management tools that ease the complexity of UNIX, are availabile immediately for SPARC-based workstations and servers running the SunSoft Solaris 2.4 operating system. The Almond Utilities are also currently available for SPARC-based systems running the SunOS 4.1.3 operating system, and Intel x86 or compatible PCs running SCO UNIX. The product was previously marketed as The Norton Utilities for UNIX under license from Symantec Corporation, which currently provides the DOS and Macintosh versions of The Norton Utilities and is the owner of The Norton Utilities trademark.

While The Norton Utilities have gained enormous popularity among DOS, Windows and Macintosh users for their ability to rescue inadvertently or accidentally erased files and directories, this capability has been previously unavailable to Solaris operating system users. With the release of The Almond Utilities for UNIX, Solaris users can recover accidentally deleted files with The Almond Utilities' file recovery tool, Almond UnRemove. In addition to its rescue features, The Almond Utilities for UNIX diagnoses hard-disk problems, manages files and replaces some of the unwieldy systems tools typical of UNIX with more user-friendly products, including:

* Almond Disk Explorer-- allows a user to explore any area of a disk and make repairs to damaged file systems.

* Almond ScrubDisk-- protects confidential data by scrubbing an entire disk drive to U.S. Dept. of Defense standards.

* Almond Change Directory-- displays a full-screen graphical image of the directory tree and allows users to interactively change directories.

* Almond Text Search and Almond File Find-- searches for user-specified text patterns in one or more files, or locates files whose names match a specified pattern.

Dave Mandelkern, president and chief executive officer of AlmondSeed Software Inc., said, "There is a strong potential for Solaris to thrive in the world of mainstream commercial computing. By providing counterparts to the user-friendly PC utility software products end-users are accustomed to, AlmondSeed hopes to increase the popularity and commercial usage of UNIX. The Norton Utilities is one of the consistently best-selling utility packages for DOS and Macintosh, and we are pleased to make similar capabilities available to today's UNIX users through The Almond Utilities."

Peter Norton, founder, Peter Norton Computing, Inc., said, "We originally developed The Norton Utilities to take the average user's fear out of disk and file management. AlmondSeed's product carries on our efforts to increase the user-friendliness of UNIX and to offer the popular tools that are familiar in the PC environment to UNIX system users."

"The Norton Utilities is the industry standard for disk and file management, and we are pleased that AlmondSeed is relaunching the UNIX version as The Almond Utilities for UNIX. Because of our cooperation with AlmondSeed, customers will now be able to have a standard set of tools that runs across all of the major computing platforms throughout their enterprise," said Ellen Taylor, Symantec's vice president and general manager of the Peter Norton Group.

Availability and Pricing

The Almond Utilities for UNIX are available now and sell for $495. System requirements are the Solaris 2.4 or SunOS 4.1.3_U1 operating system for SPARC-based systems or SCO UNIX (Open DeskTop 2.0) or higher for 386, 486 or Pentium CPUs. A hard disk with 8 MB free disk space and 3.5" 1.44 MB diskette or ISO 9660 CD-ROM drive is required. The product is packaged and documented in a style consistent with PC and Macintosh software. VAR and distributor discounts are available.

AlmondSeed Software Inc.

AlmondSeed Software Inc. is setting the industry standard for easy-to-use, off-the-shelf UNIX software products in the sub-$500 price range. AlmondSeed products are designed to boost the productivity of end-users and increase the value of the UNIX operating system to the enterprise. The privately-held company can be reached at 444 Castro Street, Suite 440, Mountain View, CA 94041. Tel: 415-968-5100, Fax: 415-969-8670, E-mail:

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The Norton Utilities and Peter Norton are registered trademarks of Symantec Corporation. AlmondSeed, The Almond Utilities, UnRemove, ScrubFile and ScrubDisk are trademarks of AlmondSeed Software, Inc. All other trade names are trademarks of their respective manufacturers. (ASI/03)

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