xTuple Partners with BitRock to Simplify Installation of Open Source ERP

xTuple ERP: PostBooks Edition now even easier to install for non-technical users

**NORFOLK, VA – May 6th, 2009 – **xTuple, the leader in open source enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, today announced a partnership with BitRock to enhance the speed and ease of installation of xTuple ERP. With BitRock's powerful multi-platform installer, even non-technical users can install the free PostBooks Edition of xTuple ERP, including the open source PostgreSQL database, in minutes.

PostBooks is a completely open source, full-featured, fully-integrated accounting, ERP, and CRM system. Its user base consists of predominantly small to midsized businesses, many of which have little to no IT staff and therefore do not have the resources to undertake a complex ERP initiative. xTuple partnered with BitRock to provide a quick and easy installation process to eliminate technical barriers to even the smallest firms installing its robust open source ERP solution.

"We understand that some people are hesitant to evaluate and deploy open source technologies due to the complexity of getting them installed and configured properly," says Erica Brescia, CEO of BitRock. "We aimed to solve that problem by providing a ready to run package that completely automates the installation process, and we're pleased that xTuple has realized this benefit. Our partnership will enable xTuple to enhance the user-friendliness of PostBooks, a move that highlights xTuple's dedication to all its users - free and paid customers alike."

Additionally, xTuple will utilize the BitRock Network Service, which will facilitate remote support of PostBooks users by xTuple, and allow the company to continue improving PostBooks to better serve its users.

"Our goal is to make it as easy as possible for businesses of all sizes to evaluate and deploy our open source ERP," says Ned Lilly, xTuple president and CEO. "xTuple ERP has been downloaded nearly 250,000 times already, and we believe this partnership with Bitrock will help us both reach many more new users and better service our existing users."

xTuple offers a number of products and services to users of the free PostBooks Edition, including implementation assistance and training, helpdesk support, and upgrades to the commercially licensed Standard and Manufacturing Editions of xTuple ERP. PostBooks is the open source core of xTuple ERP, and the client software is exactly the same across all three Editions; upgrading to a commercial product is a simple matter of running a five-minute script against the user's existing PostBooks database.

The new xTuple ERP installer runs on a variety of platforms, including Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac OS X, and numerous distributions of the Linux operating system, including Ubuntu, Red Hat, Novell SUSE, and more. They can be downloaded on the PostBooks download site of Sourceforge.

About xTuple

xTuple (formerly OpenMFG) develops next-generation, enterprise-class business process applications powered by open source software such as Linux, PostgreSQL, and Qt. xTuple products give companies better control over operations, increased productivity, and measurable growth across all areas of their businesses – all at a lower cost of ownership. For more information, please visit the company web site at www.xtuple.com