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FON signs with Mandriva

Monday July 24 2006

FON has just finalized a partnership with Mandriva. The French Linux and open source software distributor will develop for FON a Linux application allowing users easily to install the FON firmware on any compatible WiFi router.

Users will only have to launch the application in order to 'flash' their router with the latest version of the firmware and change it into a FON access point. The application will be licensed under the GPL and will become part of the standard Mandriva Linux distribution. Therefore, it will be available for download and integrated into the CDs and DVDs of the Mandriva Linux distribution.

Furthermore, FON and Mandriva agreed to develop a partnership for the distribution of FON WiFi acess points (FONeras) in France and abroad, starting in October 2006.

By signing this agreement FON intends to show its commitment to the Linux and open source community across the world.

About FON

Created in 2005, FON's goal is to create the largest WiFi community in the world, and to spread WiFi all over the globe. Based in Madrid, FON has four main investors to help Wifi the world: Google, Skype, Index Ventures and Sequoia Capital. In order to discover and join the FON community, or to become a partner, visit http://www.fon.com

About Mandriva

Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy to use Linux systems. The company offers its enterprise, government, and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and open source software and related services. Mandriva products are available in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels and also from Mandriva Store, the company's online store. Born in 1998, the company has offices in the United States, France and Brazil.

Press contact FON France:

William Quiviger -

Press contact Mandriva:

Estelle Estrabeau -