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NeTraverse and Mandrakesoft announce strategic partnership

Tuesday May 11 2004


Paris, France and Austin Texas - Tuesday, May 11, 2004 - NeTraverse and Mandrakesoft announced today the formation of a strategic alliance to bring award-winning Windows-to-Linux migration capabilities to users and organizations contemplating Linux solutions but have dependencies on legacy Windows applications.

The popular Win4Lin and Win4Lin Terminal Server products allow organizations that are enthusiastic about the significant cost, security and reliability improvements to be had from using Linux, but have been reluctant to make the move due to the perceived inability of Linux to run custom or legacy Windows applications, to smoothly and inexpensively bridge their critical custom and legacy Windows applications to Linux. Win4Lin not only runs all of your Windows business applications on Linux, it also runs them with snappy performance and true Windows fidelity. By running an actual copy of Windows in a Linux process, Win4Lin runs all of your Windows applications without any need for re-write, configuring or enduring quirky behavior. Win4Lin is also extremely resource-efficient as it runs on a wide range of x86-based machines and requires a modest memory footprint. In most cases, users do not need to replace or upgrade their hardware to run Win4Lin.

"Mandrakesoft has a long history of providing popular Linux desktops and servers known for their ease of use. NeTraverse is pleased to announce that Mandrake 10.0 will be fully supported for the Win4Lin Terminal Server and Workstation products. We think that there is no solution better for desktop computing than a fully integrated Windows and Linux application environment." said Jim Curtin, CEO of NeTraverse.

"Migrating users from the Windows world to the Mandrakelinux open world has been and remains our ambition. NeTraverse products provide an excellent opportunity to suppress one of the last remaining barriers for major Linux adoption, by offering the opportunity to use Windows applications under Linux, and thus making the transition smoother", said François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft.

NeTraverse's Win4Lin Terminal server and Win4Lin Workstation Edition are two of the best ways to migrate your Windows applications to Linux. Both solutions are certified for Mandrake 10.0 and offer a robust client server implementation or desktop offering to preserve those applications users and organizations have come to depend on. Win4Lin is a critical part of any Windows-to-Linux migration as it leverages your existing IT investment and offers a pathway to a cost effective, highly available Linux-based environment.

The Mandrake Linux operating system employs a graphical approach to system administration, in addition to the command line, which advances the integration and management of a user interface the furthest to dispel the image of a Linux system, managed only via command line or text mode. Furthermore, Mandrake Linux offers the most advanced and efficient hardware detection system for detecting different hardware.

Mandrake and NeTraverse have worked together to ensure that the once intimidating task of implementing Linux is as easy as implementing any other mass market solution. With the latest release of Mandrake and the complimentary Win4Lin technology no computer user is without a choice in how they choose to perform their desktop computing.

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press at mandrakesoft dot com

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 Mandrake Store.com, the company's online store. Number 1 in several countries, Mandrakesoft has been awarded many times for quality and the technical innovation of its products. "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, Mandrakesoft has established headquarters in the U.S.A. and in France. Mandrakesoft is traded on Paris Euronext Marche Libre (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).

About NeTraverse

NeTraverse Inc., is the market leader in bridging Windows® to Linux® with over 800,000 users worldwide. Providing thin-client software solutions on the Linux and UNIX platform, NeTraverse offers innovative products and services to facilitate the seamless migration from Windows to Linux and lower the cost of enterprise IT infrastructure. NeTraverse products include Win4Lin Workstation, Win4Lin Terminal Server and Merge. Headquartered in Austin, Texas. For more information, please visit http://www.netraverse.com. ###