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Madge Extends Token Ring Adapter Support For Linux; Madge continues its support for customers utilizing Linux operating system.

WEXHAM SPRINGS, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 6, 1999--

Madge Networks (NASDAQ NM:MADGF), the global networks solutions provider, is continuing to meet customer needs by extending its Token Ring adapter software to support the Linux operating system. Traditionally used in Web servers and firewalls, Linux is one of the fastest growing PC operating systems, and is gaining widespread adoption across commercial applications such as database servers.

"Token Ring users can only benefit from vendors such as Madge supporting Linux as it is becoming an increasingly popular application platform," commented Harry Schaefle, product marketing manager for SCOVERY at Siemens Computer Systems. "We have evaluated and approved the Madge Linux driver for our SCOVERY thin-client PC. The driver gives us the flexibility to support Token Ring network users in our product line."

Mike Phillips, organizer of the Linux Token Ring Project commented: "It's great to see support for Linux from a major player in the Token Ring industry. Token Ring is prevalent in a lot of universities and big businesses and the release of these drivers increases the potential penetration for both Madge and Linux in these areas. It is a vindication of all the Linux communities efforts to see major hardware manufacturers placing Linux equal to other operating systems when it comes to support for all their products."

Providing support on the latest Madge Token Ring adapters including the Smart 100/16/4 PCI Ringnode(tm) adapters, the Linux driver has been developed and tested on Pentium class PCs running various distributions of Linux. Additionally, to automate set-up, the driver is distributed with a simple installation program.

"Many enterprises need to run their networks on a wide range of operating systems. We are delivering Linux support in a form that gives users the ease and flexibility to integrate the driver into their applications as necessary," commented Graham Carter, product line manager, Enterprise Network Products Division at Madge. "We are focused on supporting customer needs and as such, are offering broad operating system support for Token Ring systems including UNIX and Apple Macintosh."

Further information on Madge can be found at www.madge.com and details about the Siemens SCOVERY product is located at http://www.siemens.de/pc/business/scovery/.

About Linux Token Ring Project

The Linux Token Ring Project is a volunteer group established via the Internet to provide a single source for all issues relating to using Token Ring under Linux. The project has two major aims, to provide detailed documentation for the installation and configuration of token ring under Linux, and to enable Linux to support all Token Ring technologies, both current and emerging. The Linux Token Ring Project can be accessed on the world wide web at www.linuxtr.net.

About Madge Networks

Founded in 1986, Madge Networks (NASDAQ NM: MADGF) is a global managed network services and product solutions provider specializing in mission-critical enterprise needs. The company's goal is to optimize the implementation of enterprises' voice, video and data networks with the ultimate aim of converging all networking needs on Internet Protocol (IP) solutions. The company's main business centers are at Wexham Springs, United Kingdom, Eatontown, New Jersey and San Jose, California. Information about Madge's complete range of products and services can be accessed on the World Wide Web at www.madge.com.

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