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Mandrakesoft releases Move - Linux has never been more ready for the desktop

Wednesday October 06 2004

Moreno Valley, CA; Paris, France; October 6th, 2004.

With the release of Mandrakesoft's new Move, Linux becomes a viable option to millions of first-time Linux users. A « live » Linux system that teams up with a USB key, Move lets beginners get a first taste of Linux and gives advanced users a full Linux system they can take anywhere.

While overall Linux usability has made great strides in recent years, thanks notably to Mandrakesoft's famed installer and state-of-the-art hardware detection, switching to Linux is still a daunting task to a lot of computer users very often because they are afraid of damaging their system and cannot afford to do so. For them, and others, Mandrakesoft has designed Move, the successor to its very successful MandrakeMove product.

Move has a number of features that make it well-suited to Linux beginners. It requires neither installation nor configuration everything is fully automatic, including hardware detection. Starting up Linux couldn't be easier all one has to do is turn on one's PC and insert the CD in the drive. In no time, a complete Linux environment is at the user's fingertips. Move does not make any alteration to the host system, so the system is safe. It is all contained in one CD, making it impossible to damage Move short of damaging the CD.

Move is also a great tool for those who want a portable Linux environment. Along the lines of Mandrakesoft's recently released GlobeTrotter, Move lets users carry around both settings and files on a USB key. Move remembers hardware profiles for shorter startup times, and can store up to 1.5 GB of data on the key. Move fits a small Linux workstation in one CD and a USB key.

At Mandrakesoft we've always considered ease of use a priority., said Mandrakesoft CEO François Bancilhon. With Move we've tried to reach out to those users still put off by the aura of technicality that surrounds Linux. It's a product that is straightforward, practical and safe to use flattening out that dreaded learning curve. It is both a good environment for trying out Linux being a live distribution - and something that you can use to get real work done, in a mobile way.

Based on Mandrakesoft's Mandrakelinux 10.0, Move has all the stability and power of a modern Linux system. With over forty applications, including Linux equivalents to prominent Microsoft® Windows® applications, Move caters to all Internet, Office and Entertainment needs. From the office suite OpenOffice.org to the popular image editing program The GIMP, Move packs a maximum amount of functionality into just one CD and it is all ready for anyone's desktop. And to make that Linux dive even easier, the Move boxed product ships with a user manual (English or French), 30-day web support, and Mandrakeclub membership starting at 29.90 ¤.

More information about Move is available here

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 March Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).

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