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Mandrakelinux 10.1 for x86-64: advanced software, to match advanced hardware

Wednesday November 10 2004

Mandrakesoft has just released Mandrakelinux 10.1 for x86-64, a version of its Linux Operating System that runs on AMD x86-64 and Intel EM64T architectures. Linux has always been ahead of the competition in this area: it was the first operating system to support 64-bit architectures. This new release of Mandrakelinux, featuring EVP and mixed software support, will help ensure Linux is the only reasonable choice when it comes to 64-bit the future of computing.

Two weeks ago, Mandrakesoft released Mandrakelinux 10.1 Official, the main branch of its operating system. This release featured extended support for mobile devices, better hardware compatibility, and major application upgrades. Mandrakelinux 10.1 for x86-64 has all of these features, and new features of its own: Mandrakelinux now supports Intel EMT processors, EVP, and mixed 32/64 bit software management. It ships with a large amount of quality Open Source and commercial software, and should be perfectly suited to any kind of 64-bit workstation.

Mandrakelinux is now every bit as stable on 64-bit platforms as it is on 32-bit machines. The software has been optimized to take advantage of 64-bit Intel and AMD processors. Mandrakelinux for x86-64 upholds the new processors' promise of speed. Applications of all types run faster on 64-bit hardware than on 32-bit hardware, and any piece of software that requires heavy computations (video editing for instance) will pick up speed in a spectacular way.

Users who still need to use 32-bit software are not out of options: Intel and AMD 64-bit processors have the capability to run 32-bit code, and Mandrakelinux makes that simple. Support for legacy (32-bit) software has been improved: Mandrakesoft's software manager makes it easy to run and maintain 32-bit and 64-bit software on the same machine.

EVP (Enhanced Virus Protection) is now also available under Mandrakelinux. Using the so-called NX bit, parts of the computer's memory can be prevented from being executed thus providing additional protection against viruses and buffer overflow attacks. Linux's natively high level of security goes one important step further.

In ten years' time, 64-bit computers will be on everyone's desktop. It's a fair bet that Linux will be there as well. But there's no need to wait ten years Mandrakelinux x86-64 makes that possible now. A x86-64 Linux system is the system of the future, in hardware and software. Mandrakesoft is proud to make user-friendly 64-bit Linux computing a reality, commented François Bancilhon, Mandrakesoft CEO.

Mandrakelinux 10.1 for x86-64 ships with a large quantity of software. It has applications for Office (e.g. OpenOffice.org), Internet (Mozilla), Multimedia, hundreds of tools for Development (compilers, interpreters, etc.), and a lot of specialized software (from 3D rendering to finance applications). Advanced desktop users are bound to find something to fit their needs, and the convenience and ease-of-use of a Mandrakelinux system ensures that being on the cutting-edge is peaceful, not painful.

Mandrakelinux 10.1 for x86-64 is compatible with the following CPU's: AMD Athlon 64, AMD Opteron, Intel Xeon 64, Intel EM64T.

Mandrakelinux 10.1 for x86-64 can be pre-ordered now from Mandrakesoft's online store. It will soon be available through retail channels worldwide. Mandrakelinux 10.1 for x86-64 includes:

  • One DVD

  • Two English-language manuals

  • One month of web-based, standard technical support

  • A one month subscription to the Mandrakeonline updating service

  • A one month subscription to Mandrakeclub

For more information, see this page.
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).

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