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*   ObjectWeb consortium welcomes MandrakeSoft as a new member 2004-01-21

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Pasadena, CA; Paris, France; January 21st, 2004 - MandrakeSoft today announced its membership in ObjectWeb, an international consortium which promotes the development of open-source middleware.

ObjectWeb is an independent non-profit organization which federates middleware projects such as JOnAS. JOnAS - an Open Source implementation of the J2EE(tm) specification - provides the foundation for high-quality, business-critical distributed applications. JOnAS is a collaborative effort of the ObjectWeb community; its development is conducted by highly skilled professionals from software companies and research centers throughout the world.

Jean-Pierre Laisné, Chairman of ObjectWeb's Board of Directors, states: "Beginning with Mandrake Linux 9.1, and now with ProSuite 9.2, Mandrake was the first distribution to include JOnAS. I would like to salute this dynamism. The availability of JOnAS in enterprise distributions announces the beginning of a new era for professional J2EE. Business users of Java middleware will now have access to off-the-shelf solutions of industrial quality including the entire Open Source stack -- from the operating system to the application server".

"MandrakeSoft believes that Middleware is a crucial technology that many of our key customers and users can benefit greatly from. We view the work of the ObjectWeb consortium as essential in this area. MandrakeSoft is proud to become an active new member of the consortium.", said François Bancilhon, CEO of MandrakeSoft.

As part of its strategy of fulfilling industry demand for distributed applications and solutions, MandrakeSoft became a member of ObjectWeb in January 2004.

"The involvement of a major Linux distributor, such as MandrakeSoft, blends perfectly with ObjectWeb's position in the world of professional middleware. We are extremely happy to welcome MandrakeSoft as a new member", said Laisné.

The JOnAS application server already ships with Mandrake Linux corporate products and is the standard J2EE(tm) implementation supported by MandrakeSoft.

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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 directly from, 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 on the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).

About ObjectWeb

Founded in 2002 by Bull, France Telecom and INRIA, ObjectWeb is a consortium of leading companies and research organizations from around the world who have joined forces to produce next generation of Open Source Middleware. ObjectWeb's goal is to provide Real-Time Enterprises with independent solutions which combine quality and robustness at the best possible performance/cost ratio. ObjectWeb targets alternative solutions to proprietary products for e-business, EAI, data connectivity, grid computing, and enterprise messaging. Based on Open Standards, ObjectWeb's middleware includes application servers, components, frameworks and tools. Examples of ObjectWeb's "cost killer" middleware are JOnAS - an Open Source implementation of the J2EE TM specification, JORAM JMS - a Message Oriented Middleware and Enhydra - a Java/XML Application Server. To find out more about ObjectWeb, visit our web site at

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