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Mandriva Appoints David Barth Worldwide VP Engineering

Monday January 09 2006

Former CTO of leading open source system integrator to spearhead Mandriva's worldwide technology strategy.

January 9th 2006 - Mandriva today announced the appointment of David Barth as Worldwide VP Engineering. David will oversee Mandriva's effort to bring to market the innovations and infrastructure applications that enterprises expect.

David Barth

Prior to joining Mandriva, David was CTO at IdealX, a leading European system integrator specializing in customized solutions for large corporations and government agencies. David has spent the last five years driving large-scale open source projects for enterprise and public sector customers. He brings to Mandriva more than 10 years of experience in Linux and open source software development and deployment. His key achievements include working extensively with the Samba community to convince more enterprises to move to open source and contribute developer time to the improvment of the software.

François Bancilhon, Mandriva's CEO said: « David Barth represents a tremendous addition to Mandriva's expertise. His extensive experience at a leading system integrator in the corporate market, working with large accounts and government organizations at senior levels, enables our company to be closer to today's enterprise requirements, as well as anticipate those of the future. »

Before holding the position of CTO, David collaborated in research projects in Switzerland at the EPFL, dealing with synchronous object composition to provide safety properties to semi-formally proven computer programs.
He also worked as a Linux consultant for Technologia Group in North America, implementing open source infrastructure solutions for organizations including the United Nations and Machina Sapiens.
David began his career as head of engineering for two of the first Internet service providers to offer Internet access in Europe during the 1990s. His first Linux experience came before the release of Linux 1.0, and later on he contributed to the 'Fvwm95' window manager project with Hector Peraza. He then started 'mgadvd', a kernel driver for Matrox's hardware MPEG-2 decoder card. David recently founded the IMC project on Sourceforge.

David says: « As one of the three largest open source publishers worldwide, Mandriva is a particularly attractive company. I have been building on top of their solutions as a system integrator executive. Now I'll have the opportunity to design and shape those solutions. In 2006, we will introduce some advanced tools to further improve our range of infrastructure applications. »
About Mandriva
Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy to use Linux systems. The company offers its enterprise, government and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and open source software and related services. Mandriva products are available in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels and also from store.mandriva.com, the company's online store.
"Born on the Internet" in late 1998, Mandriva has offices in the United States, France and Brazil. Mandriva is traded on Paris Euronext Marché Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).
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