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Groupe Silicomp joins effort with Mandrakesoft to target the embedded OpenSource market

Thursday June 24 2004

Groupe Silicomp and Mandrakesoft join their efforts starting today to target the embedded systems market at wide: automobile, payment terminals, household electronics, industrial or medical equipments, defense systems, etc. As many sectors of concern to everybody.

This alliance aims at reducing development and exploitation's costs through a longer software lifetime. It also allows more independence from software suppliers. On top of this, it matches the current move of customers who want to benefit from Open Source software's benefits.

The offer provides a version of the Mandrakelinux distribution, development tools, and the necessary customization to the customer's environment. This way, users will receive a version of the very popular Linux operating system totally in line with their expectations.

What makes this agreement unique is the quality of Mandrakesoft, a recognized worlwide Linux distributor, and strong player of the Open Source community, and Groupe Silicomp's performance in services for embedded environments. The Grenoble (France) based IT Solution Provider, handles portation, optimization, and industrial validation of the Mandrakesoft's solution.

Based on the Mandrakelinux software, made of thousands of Open Source applications, this offer is "purely fixed-price with no royalty payment", explains Emmanuel Arnould, Managing Director for Groupe Silicomp. "It offers an original support, particularly designed to clients' needs on this market."

"This partnership with Groupe Silicomp allows users to rely on a proven Linux distribution, used by more than 4 millions users, and at the same time to open this community to the embedded & real-time markets", adds François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft.

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).

About Groupe Silicomp
Groupe Silicomp, first Information Technology Solutions Provider, present on three continents, offers innovative solutions with a strong technology component. The Group intervenes in management and realization with an important competence in IT-security. The mastery of high-speed networks, industrial applications, embedded and real-time software confirm its unique expertise to develop the communicating systems of your future. For further details: www.silicomp.fr
Groupe SILICOMP (ISIN FR000063794) has been listed on France's Nouveau Marché on 16 June 1998.


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