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Mandrake Linux 9.0 Packs Now Available

Thursday November 07 2002

Altadena, CA; Paris, France; November 7th -- MandrakeSoft, a leading Linux system provider, today announced the availability of boxed versions of Mandrake Linux 9.0 -- the latest evolution of its popular operating system designed for both home and professional computing. Customers are provided with three packaged versions from which to choose: the Mandrake Linux PowerPack and Standard editions are designed for individual users, and the ProSuite Edition is created for small and medium-sized enterprises. Mandrake Linux 9.0 packs are available through a number of retail outlets worldwide and online from http://www.mandrivastore.com/

Already known as the premier Linux system for the desktop due to its high level of usability and user-friendliness, Mandrake Linux has significantly developed its server benefits over the past two years to now offer the most versatile Linux system available on the market. With version 9.0, individuals receive the best set of desktop features, while corporate users benefit from the most powerful server utilities.

"We are pleased to provide customers with an extremely adaptable operating system to fulfill the widest variety of computing requirements. Unlike proprietary systems, Mandrake Linux comes fully equipped with a complete line of productivity applications." said Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft.

Unparalleled system configuration, maintenance and protection

Mandrake Linux 9.0 confirms MandrakeSoft's leadership in the Linux field with a streamlined, highly intuitive Linux system for all.
This important achievement is realized by focusing on "ease-of-use" which directly translates into faster results for day-to-day tasks, and also by offering an impressive set of security options. The Mandrake Control Center provides a convenient location for accessing all of the essential hardware and system configuration utilities. For desktop usage, 9.0 is extremely easy to customize and keep up-to-date. For server usage, 9.0 provides an extensive selection of graphical wizards for quickly and easily setting up the most popular services, including the Apache web server, Postfix email server, Shorewall firewall utility, and many others.

The Mandrake Linux 9.0 graphical user interfaces are dynamic: a corresponding menu entry or desktop icon is automatically added whenever new software is installed or when a new device is plugged in; thereby allowing ordinary users to get the most out of their systems. MandrakeSoft's famous "ease-of-use" approach sets a new standard with the redesign of several Mandrake utilities, including URPMI, the automated software management utility -- installing and removing applications has never been easier and faster, either with the command line or with a mouse. Plus, the software manager now offers an unrivaled "parallel mode" which can securely and remotely update a large number of servers at once, thereby greatly easing system administration tasks.

Mandrake Linux 9.0 further empowers users by supporting the latest hardware protocols, such as USB 2 devices.

A modern intuitive operating system should be well protected to threats. Mandrake Linux 9.0 ships with a comprehensive set of security options, including security levels, intrusion detection tools, encrypted filesystems, encrypted communications, and much more. Users, for instance, have the ability to send and receive encrypted email with Mozilla, Kmail and Evolution.

Providing true choice

Diversity is a strength of Free Software, which is why MandrakeSoft provides both KDE 3 and GNOME 2. These two popular Linux graphical environments are fully integrated with the highest level of quality and without unecessary modifications.
Respecting the wide variety of personalities and work styles, Mandrake Linux doesn't impose restrictions; as a result, users have true choice in deciding which software best fits their needs.

Ready for enterprise-class applications

On September 25th, 2002, the Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition 9.0 became certified by the Linux Standard Base (LSB 1.2). This important standard, adopted by an increasing number of major software publishers, ensures that Mandrake Linux will be compatible with a greater number of leading enterprise-class applications such as databases, CRM, accounting utilities, and many others. Users of other Mandrake 9.0 products can select LSB compatibility as an option during the installation.

Mandrake Linux 9.0 is available in three distinct packages.

The scalable business solution

Featuring today's best server tools plus a workstation DVD, the Mandrake Linux Prosuite Edition 9.0 (SRP: $199 USD, VAT included) is the ideal all-in-one solution for small and medium-sized businesses who require a highly dependable, secure, and scalable enterprise network. Proven server applications, such as the Apache Advanced Extranet Server (the fastest growing server on the Internet), ensure the highest results. Advanced utilities such as RFBDrake (remote desktop control) and URPMI (automated software management) makes system administration and service configuration a snap.
The 9.0 Prosuite Edition not only fulfills the most demanding server requirements, but also includes a workstation DVD packed with the most recent and full-featured office applications such as Sun's StarOffice 6.0 and an evaluation version of IBM's DB2, a leading relational database. The ProSuite Edition includes 5 telephone support incidents valid for 60 days, 90 days of complimentary web-based support, and a free unlimited MandrakeOnline subscription for automated security and software update notifications.

Two packages for personal computing

Individual users have the choice of two packages:

The Mandrake Linux PowerPack Edition 9.0 (SRP: $69 USD, VAT included) is a versatile solution for the most demanding desktop users.
The PowerPack provides everything needed for the widest variety of computing tasks, including office productivity, Internet activities, server tasks, multimedia, software and web development, plus much more. The PowerPack features the premier Linux office suite Staroffice 6.0, and includes 60 days of web-based support plus free access to MandrakeOnline.

The Mandrake Linux Standard Edition 9.0 (SRP: $30 USD, VAT included) allows users to take advantage of MandrakeSoft's best innovations at one low price. The Standard Edition includes many of the best Open Source applications plus 30 days of web-based support.

Additional information about Mandrake Linux 9.0 is available at https://mandriva.com/products/90

MandrakeSoft provides businesses with a range of enterprise services. To learn more, please see: https://mandriva.com/businesses/

Orders for Mandrake Linux 9.0 packs are currently being taken at MandrakeStore: http://www.mandrivastore.com/

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 complete range of GNU/Linux and OpenSource software and related services, plus user-friendly and highly competitive information technologies. Additionally, MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to Open Source software and courseware a trusted channel to offer their services.

MandrakeSoft has technologists in over 20 countries, and is traded on Paris Euronext Marche 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 has established headquarters in the U.S.A., Montreal and France. Please visit the website: https://mandriva.com for more information.