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French Ministry of Equipment chooses Mandrakesoft to migrate 1,500 office and infrastructure Windows NT servers to Linux

Friday July 09 2004

Moreno Valley, California; Paris, France; July 9th, 2004 - The French Ministry of Equipment's migration to Linux project is replacing 1,500 office and infrastructure Microsoft Windows NT servers with Mandrakelinux Corporate servers. Mandrakesoft, the premier European Linux player, was also chosen for deployment, training and support for its Linux solution.

The French Ministry of Equipment has approximately 100,000 agents, located throughout France, in several services: central administration, local administration, technical services and navigation services. With 160 remote locations, including 102 local administrations, the Ministry's IT infrastructure is composed of more than 60,000 workstations and 2,000 Microsoft Windows NT servers near end of useful life.

The Ministry of Equipment's central administration for IT (DCSI) is managing the migration's technological drive, in order to guarantee the information system's coherency and the use of state of the art technologies. Under its control, the Linux server migration project began in November 2003. It will continue through the end of 2005, to ensure a progressive deployment at the national scale.

The migration was established in terms of technical and organizational requirements. In order to meet the project's needs, two specific Linux distributions based on Mandrakelinux Corporate Server were developed.

To benefit from technology monitoring, technical assistance and personalized training, the Ministry has also subscribed to the Mandrakesoft Corporate Club.

With Mandrakesoft, the Ministry chose an alternative to proprietary software, and this is a significant step towards technological independence and the guarantee of enduring public standards for its information systems. This large scale project is in concordance with the French government's intent to promote technologies based on public standards, to open public markets to more competition, and also to reduce IT costs.

Fran├žois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft, declared: "We are delighted to see Mandrakesoft's work in terms of server products and services crystallize in such a large project. This is the proof that Mandrakesoft solutions now fit perfectly with enterprise scale requirements. This project is our first achievement among several similar new ones, and is a sign of Mandrakesoft's dynamic growth".

About Mandrakesoft

Mandrakesoft is the publisher of the popular Mandrakelinux operating system, one of the most fully-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 Mandrakestore.com, 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 Marche Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).