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MandrakeSoft and G.T.Enterprises to distribute Linux PCs in India and Asia

Wednesday January 21 2004

Paris, France; Bangalore, INDIA - January 21st, 2004 - MandrakeSoft and G.T.Enterprises today announced an agreement to distribute Mandrake Linux products to India and Asia. As part of this agreement, G.T.Enterprises will market and promote Mandrake Linux OEM to be preloaded with Linux PCs in the Indian and Asian markets.

MandrakeSoft will provide its OEM Linux products and services - including support and training - to G.T.Enterprises, which will then sell them throughout Asia. Several lines of PCs pre-loaded with Mandrake Linux will also be made available by G.T.Enterprises, in collaboration with many MNC Brands in India.

"Mandrake Linux was chosen for its excellent hardware support and auto-detection, as well as for its multimedia, audio and video capabilities. Mandrake also offers a smooth transition from the Windows world", said U.M.Taranath, CEO of G.T.Enterprises.

G.T.Enterprises maintains a regional presence throughout the Asian continent, with an extensive network of retailers and reselling partners. GTE also re-exports products and services to other SAARC countries and South Asian countries. As a result, G.T.Enterprises is an excellent partner for MandrakeSoft's expansion into the Asian market.

"We are delighted to work with G.T.Enterprises. They have an extensive sales network and thus offer a great opportunity for us to extend our reach in India and Asia", said François Bancilhon, CEO of MandrakeSoft.

All PCs will ship with operating systems pre-loaded at the factory, including Mandrake Linux-only or dual-boot Mandrake Linux/Windows, with expected sales of 6,000 PCs during the first quarter of 2004.

For MandrakeSoft: Gaël Duval
For G.T.Enterprises: or

About MandrakeSoft

MandrakeSoft is the publisher of the popular Mandrake Linux 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 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).


At the dawn of the Open Source software movement in India, G.T.Enterprises was born with a prime focus to promote and popularize the use of free software. Promoted and founded by the Taranaths in 1995, GTE made available open and free software on low cost media -- a boon to the emerging IT industry and budding geeks at a time when bandwidth for Internet downloads came at a high price.

G.T.Enterprises has grown with a handful of Linux patrons to be the single largest distributor of Open Source Software in the entire Asian subcontinent. GTE has collaborated with software houses and vendors across 5 continents to bring in more than 300 products, supporting literature, periodicals and books on open source platforms.

GTE has a regional presence in every metro in the country, through retailers and reselling partners. With a vast sales network, GTE has an extended reach to the end-user - industry and home-users alike. GTE also re-exports to other SAARC countries and South Asian countries.

The emerging technologies on the open source platform are made locally available, as they are launched across the world. GTE is a channel for value added products in the areas of Office Automation Tools, Embedded & Real-Time Linux, RAD Tools, Network Security Tools and RDBMS.

Contact Address of GTE # 912, 14 th Main Road, 4 th Cross, Hanumanthnagar, Bangalore 560019, INDIA.
Tel: +91-80-6606093, 6606650, Fax: +91-80-6671407
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