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O'Reilly and Mandrakesoft Enter Strategic Reselling Agreement

Wednesday June 09 2004

June, 9th 2004 - Sebastopol, CA--O'Reilly Media is now a U.S. and Canadian reseller for Mandrakesoft, creators of Mandrakelinux.

A user-friendly Linux distribution, Mandrakelinux is ideal for the growing legions of first-time Linux users. Linux's share of the desktop PC market is increasing, a trend being accelerated by the recent rise in the number of companies buying new computers. Major computer companies--including HP and IBM--have begun installing Linux instead of Windows on some of the models they build.

Founded in 1998 by several Linux enthusiasts, Mandrakesoft offers products and services for all Linux users, from beginners to experts. Mandrakelinux has been ranked as the #1 distribution on DistroWatch (www.distrowatch.com) for the past year and won the Linux Journal Reader's Choice Award in 2003 for Best Linux Distribution. O'Reilly is reselling two English-language versions of Mandrakelinux 10.0 (the newest release)--Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.0 and Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.0. Both versions are available at bookstores nationwide, and can also be ordered directly from O'Reilly.

"We're excited to team with O'Reilly, since they are one of the most influential open source supporters," explains Francois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft. "We could hardly find a more significant partnership to leverage Mandrakesoft products' presence on the U.S. scene."

O'Reilly's upcoming "Test Driving Linux: A Desktop User's Guide" (O'Reilly, U.S. $24.95) by author Phil Lavigna, available this fall, will include a Live CD of MandrakeMove, which allows users to try Linux without changing, installing, or configuring anything on their PCs.

Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.0
Your First Linux Desktop
ISBN: 2-84798-032-6
$49.95 US, $72.95 CA

Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.0
The Ultimate Linux Desktop
ISBN: 2-84798-034-2
$84.95 US, $123.95 CA

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About Mandrakesoft

Mandrakesoft is the publisher of the popular Mandrakelinux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy to use Linux systems available. The company offers its enterprise, government and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and Open Source software and related services. Mandrakesoft products are available in more than 120 countries through dedicated channels and also from Mandrakestore.com, the company's online store. Number 1 in several countries, Mandrakesoft has won many awards for quality and technical innovation. "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, Mandrakesoft has offices in the United States and France. Mandrakesoft is traded on Paris Euronext Marché Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).