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Mandrake Linux Greatly Expands Linux Market Share

Friday December 21 2001

PASADENA, Calif. and PARIS, Dec. 21 -- Already a leader in U.S. Linux retail sales for more than one year, MandrakeSoft proves once again that its long-term strategy of attracting Linux users is the best approach for this market.

Recently, "Linux Magazine UK" conducted an extensive survey with 35,000 of its readers; among the questions asked was: "What is the Linux distribution that you use the most?" The results show that Mandrake Linux is now the most widely used Linux distribution in the UK: (Survey figures kindly provided to MandrakeSoft by Linux Magazine UK)

1. Mandrake: 46.02%
2. Red Hat: 21.33%
3. SuSE: 18.67%
4. Debian: 5.33%
5. Corel: 2.66%
6. Caldera: 2.66%
Others: 3.33%

This data confirms other online polls recently released in several countries (see details below).

"In only three years, MandrakeSoft has dramatically grown from zero market share to become one of the most widely used Linux distributions in the world, gaining market share over traditional OS vendors," said Jacques Le Marois, President and CEO of MandrakeSoft.

For MandrakeSoft, these results confirm that its strategy of "Making Linux easy to use" is meeting the needs of individuals as well as enterprises that require a powerful, yet easy to use operating system. MandrakeSoft prides itself in providing users with a powerful installation system, advanced hardware detection, simplified configuration tools, and advanced features that make Linux as easy to use as competing proprietary operating systems.

Additional statistics about Mandrake Linux:

"What's your favorite Linux distro?" PCMag.com (USA), October 8, 2001
1. Mandrake: 43.78%
2. Redhat: 27.9%
3. Suse: 15.41%
4. Libranet: 1.42%
5. Other: 11.49%

"Best distribution for beginners," Linux.com (USA), September 24, 2001

1. Mandrake - 36.7%
2. Redhat - 33.5%
3. Suse -13.5%
4. Slackware - 5.6%
5. Debian - 4.6%
6. Caldera - 3.7%

"Which distribution do you prefer?", Linux.ie (Ireland), July 2001

1. Mandrake: 35%
2. Debian: 23%
3. Redhat: 18%
4. Suse: 18%
5. Caldera: 1%
6. Corel: 1%
7. Others: 1%

Other recent and interesting readings:

Hundreds of cases of Mandrake Linux use in business environment:

Mandrake 8.1 offers superior server platform (ZDNet):

Mandrake 8.1 easier than Win-XP (The Register):

About MandrakeSoft

MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information technology and open source developers. The company offers customers in the small office, home office (SoHo), small and medium size enterprise, government and educational sectors a set of GNU Linux and Open-Source software and related services, user-friendly and highly competitive information technologies at a very attractive total cost of ownership. In addition, MandrakeSoft offers technologists committed to open software and courseware a trusted channel to offer their services.

The company has technologists in over 20 countries, and entered Paris Euronext Marche Libre on July 30th, 2001 (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA). The Mandrake Linux distribution received awards for "Best Product of the Year" and "Best Linux Distribution/Server" at LinuxWorld Expo '99, as well as the PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000, the Linux Magazine Editor's Choice Award in September 2000 and the Chip Magazine "Best Technique and Winner of the Test" in December 2000.

"Born on the Internet" in late 1998, MandrakeSoft established headquarters in Pasadena (U.S.), Montreal (Canada), England, Germany and Paris (Europe). Please visit the Web site, https://mandriva.com for more information about MandrakeSoft.