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*   Two new books empower United States users to go further with Mandrakelinux 2005-03-22

Moreno Valley, Ca; Tuesday, March 22nd - Mandrakesoft today announced the release of two new books for beginners and more advanced users of the Mandrakelinux operating system: 'Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop' and 'PowerPack 10.1 - The Full Power of Linux Desktop'. These highly informative guides are both bundled with a copy of Mandrakelinux, and include support services. Thanks to an exclusive distribution agreement with O'Reilly, the leading wholesaler of technical books, customers can get the guides at a great number of retail outlets nationwide. Major retailers include Borders, Barnes & Nobles and Frys. Both titles are also available for purchase online at

Available for retail order since late February, the two books have received strong interest, with half of the initial print run already on the retail shelves.

  • "Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop" caters to Linux beginners. It helps readers get started with the basics of Linux in no time. The book is bundled with Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.1, the desktop system designed to shorten the Linux learning curve for people coming from Windows. For instance, Discovery offers a menu oriented around tasks, not around software applications with names which may be unfamiliar. It has great tools for office tasks, multimedia and the internet. Discovery has equivalents to most major Microsoft Windows applications, while providing a virus-free and spyware-free environment.
  • A 273-page guide with a CD including the full version of Discovery 10.1, "Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop" offers 30 days of Web support, 30 days of Mandrakeclub membership and 30 days of the Mandrakeonline Personal Solutions update notification service. " Discovery 10.1 - Your First Linux Desktop" also provides readers with invaluable information such as hardware configuration tips and application tutorials.

  • "PowerPack 10.1 - Full Power of Linux Desktop" empowers advanced computer users, accustomed to Linux or other operating systems, to get the most out of Mandrakelinux. It is bundled with a DVD containing the full version of Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.1 and over 3,000 software packages, providing a tool for almost every requirement. PowerPack is fully equipped with applications for the office, for internet telephony, for handling photos, music and movies and for accessing all the power of the internet. It's also a fantastic environment for users who wish to do programming.
  • A 537-page guide, "PowerPack 10.1 - Full Power of Linux Desktop" includes 60 days of web support, 30 days of Mandrakeclub membership and 30 days of Mandrakeonline Personal Solutions. "Full Power of Linux Desktop" offers a thorough overview of the PowerPack 10.1 system and the applications that come with it. By purchasing this book users also obtain special configuration tips, direct from the publisher of Mandrakelinux.

    People purchasing these books will benefit from a tremendous bonus: *Free update* to the next version!

    "People need to have the process of switching to Linux demystified. This is just what this new offer aims to do, by providing a complete Linux operating system that comes with all the resources one needs quickly to start using the system. We are delighted to be meeting the desire for Linux knowledge with such a trusted distribution partner as O'Reilly," commented Paul Guillet, VP of Sales for Mandrakesoft.

    More information about Mandrakelinux PowerPack 10.1 can be found at

    More information about Mandrakelinux Discovery 10.1 can be found at

    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, 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 Marchť Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).

    Press enquiries:
    GaŽl Duval
    press at mandrakesoft dot com
    +33-1 40 41 00 41

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