Mandriva today announces the launch of Mandriva Middle East (ME)

Mandriva Middle East (ME) will be the sole partner for Mandriva SA in the following countries: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman, Yemen, Iran, Jordan, Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Iraq and Egypt.

The associated entity, Sahlan Telecommunication, has been operating in the Middle East for over 15 years. Services include Network Design & Implementation, Linux consulting, Technical Training & Certification, VOIP, VSAT operation, Call-Center & On-Site Support and Help Desk. As Mandriva-ME, Sahlan serves the corporate, consumer, and educational markets.

For consumers, Mandriva-ME distributes and customizes the following Linux distributions: Mandriva One, the light, easy to use and safe free distribution; Mandriva Free, the pure GPL free Linux distribution; Mandriva Powerpack, the complete and customizable distribution and Mandriva Flash, the mobile desktop USB key. Free products are available for download from the Mandriva-ME site. Commercial products are available through Mandriva-ME's electronic store, in retail stores and through regional partners.

On the corporate side, Mandriva-ME helps large and medium size organizations to migrate to Linux, thanks to the Mandriva Corporate Desktop 2008 and Corporate Server 4 products, and helps them administer a large number of machines thanks to the Mandriva system administration tool, Pulse 2.0. Mandriva Linux technology, products and services are provided, including: consulting, customization, localization, training, certification, and support (telephone & on-site).

For the educational sector, Mandriva-ME is the lead point for Mandriva's distribution of the Intel Classmate PC in the Middle East. In addition, through various speaking engagements on university campuses, the company is educating the next generation of users about Open-Source and Linux. Online training & certification will also soon be available through the Mandriva-ME e-learning portal, scheduled to launch by summer 2008.

To help achieve its goals, Mandriva-ME works with existing regional partners, and is constantly looking to expand its local network of Middle East partners to help reach the consumer in every part of the region.

You may find more information about Mandriva-ME, products including the Classmate PC, and partnership opportunities on their website

About Mandriva

Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of Mandriva Linux, an easy-to-use and innovative operating system. It is one of the most popular Linux editions in the world. Dedicated to making open source technologies accessible to all users, the company offers a full range of products and services to individuals, enterprises and government organizations. Mandriva products are available online in 80 languages and in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels. Headquartered in Paris, France, the company is publicly traded on the Euronext Marche Libre.
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