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Xerox chooses Mandrake Linux/Caldera Graphics to optimize enterprise production

Tuesday June 04 2002

Paris - June 3, 2002 - Xerox today announced that it has selected the Mandrake Linux operating system for its XES (Xerox Engineering Systems) department, which will deploy Mandrake Linux for customers and clients interested in digital printing solutions based on Caldera Graphics RIP. Almost 160 servers, 95% of the computer farm used by Xerox's Graphic Arts department, run under the combination Mandrake Linux /Caldera Graphics RIP.

Savings and productivity gains

Mandrake Linux is an ideal technical choice for delivering high-productivity to solutions associated with Xerox's X2 color wide-format printing technology. Mandrake Linux ensures stability, power and compatibility for a wide variety of computing areas such as graphic arts, industrial design, CAD, GIS (Geographic Information System), and wide-format printing for high-volume businesses.

The X2 technology is the fastest on the market, allowing high-volume production with costs that are 30% to 40% smaller than those offered by other digital products. X2 provides an unequalled production rate for color documents at 57 square meters per hour. Production is simpler, more reliable and effective.

"As the Colorgrafx X2 printer is the final component of the graphics chain, we needed the integration of a powerful and stable solution that can take full advantage of the quickness and quality provided by our technology. That's the reason why XES has chosen the integration of a Linux solution -- it allows us to enjoy complete customer satisfaction in terms of speed and quality.", explains Rodolphe D'Aléo, Graphic Arts Manager, XES. "

Mac and PC compatibility eases Mandrake Linux integration

The choice of Mandrake Linux enables Graphic Arts providers to handle client file formats created on any operating system, whether Mac or PC based. This flexibility, further optimized by Caldera Graphics RIP software, works with a number of data formats including PostScript, PDF, HP-GL, EPS, Tiff, Jpeg, Sun Raster, SGI, Alias, SoftImage, PhotoShop, PNG, XWD, Gif, PBM, PPM, PGM, SpotImage, PCX, BMP...

A solution designed by Caldera Graphics

A MandrakeSoft partner since 1999, the French-based company Caldera Graphics has developed a modular architecture which allows their product to be easily adapted according to customer's needs. Caldera Graphics is positioned in digital imaging manipulation and imaging databases that are hosted on Unix and Linux platforms. Their partnership with MandrakeSoft is based on the strong reputation of the Mandrake Linux distribution as an ideal desktop operating system, the affordability of the products, and easy interoperability between Mac and PC environments. From the beginning of MandrakeSoft's existence, Mandrake Linux solutions have offered ease of deployment and administration while providing an unparalleled quality-price ratio.

"We've been quickly convinced by the choice of Mandrake Linux as operating system, because it was the only distribution enjoying the impressive Desktop technology required to seduce customers coming from Wintel platforms. Mandrake Linux also enables us to take advantage of its server tools for our print-sharing under multi-platforms environments solutions. Easy to install, robust and stable, with strong support quality, what more could we ask?" , says Joseph MERGUI, Sales Director, Caldera Graphics.

... and acclaimed by the heavyweights of the industry

Buttressed by its leadership in the high-volume inkjet electric Piezo printing market, XES enjoys a pre-eminent position in the copying and graphic arts areas. The company works with global accounts such as Total Fina Elf, Alstom, Trafot, Gamichon, France REPRO Groupement, La Litho, Lettring, PSA, French Minister of the Army, and associated organizations such as CEA.

Usability and simplicity have been key factors for XES and its customers. Only a single day of training is required to handle the solution.

Caldera Graphics RIP is used in Europe as well as in the United States and other countries. The RIP solution and XES received the Digital Printing and Imaging Association "Best Product of year 2002" award in the United States.

About Xerox Engineering Systems

Headquartered in Stamford, Conn., Xerox Engineering Systems, legally established as XESystems, Inc., is a subsidiary of Xerox Corporation. XES develops a variety of wide-format document solutions for the graphic arts and technical communities, including integrated digital printing and scanning systems, services, software, and supplies. The company is committed to developing innovative color applications and leading document management solutions that enable businesses to more efficiently process their wide-format documents.

About Caldera Graphics

The French-based company CALDERA GRAPHICS specializes in the development and marketing of imaging software solutions. Since 1991, CALDERA GRAPHICS proposes to industry, service providers, and education institutions high-end solutions for scanning, processing, archiving and printing running on Unix and Linux platforms. CALDERA GRAPHICS is committed to developing solutions that guarantee productivity and efficiency to large format printers and scanners.

About MandrakeSoft

MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information technology and open source developers. The company offers its enterprise, government and educational customers a set of GNU Linux and Open-Source software and related services, and user-friendly and highly competitive information technologies. In addition, MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to open software and courseware a trusted channel to offer their services.

The company has technologists in over 20 countries, and is traded on Paris Euronext Marché Libre (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF). "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, MandrakeSoft established headquarters in the U.S.A., Montreal, England, Germany and France. Please visit the Web site, https://mandriva.com for more information.