Mandriva participates at the QualiPSo consortium in Rome on 16 January and the Aristotle Association seminary in Paris

Mandriva participates at the QualiPSo consortium in Rome on 16 January and the Aristotle Association seminary in Paris on 17 January

Paris, 15 January 2008 – The QualiPSo consortium, pursuing its aim of helping companies and administrations reinforce their competiveness by opening up access to reliable and cost-effective free software, is organizing its first international conference on 16-17 January on the theme“Building confidence in Free Software.”

Organised at Rome, under the patronage of the European Commission, the 2008 QualiPSo Conference brings together international authorities and experts in Open Source, which include Mandriva. It will present the initial results of research undertaken by the consortium and will enable participants to debate the means of developing and guaranteeing confidence in free software. The Open Source challenges will be examined under three complementary angles: political, economical and technological.

François Bancilhon, Mandriva CEO, will be taking part in a working party at the consortium examining the opportunities and issues challenging Open Source in the industrial market on Wednesday 16 January.

In addition, François Bancilhon, Mandriva CEO and vice-president of the free software group of the Systém@tic competitiveness pole, will participate in the Aristotle Association seminary on Open Source and free software on 17 January from 14h00. The seminary is taking place on 16-17 January at Ensam, Paris.

François Bancilhon will set out the aims of Systém@tic’s free software Group which works to bring together the Île de France (Paris region) Free Software players, seeking to promote the emergence of a healthy and prosperous Free Software industry in close contact with education and research, and to contribute to the development of innovative free software.

This presentation will outline the progress the group has made and its current activity.

About Mandriva

Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of Mandriva Linux, an easy-to-use and innovative operating system. It is one of the most popular Linux editions in the world. Dedicated to making open source technologies accessible to all users, the company offers a full range of products and services to individuals, enterprises and government organizations. Mandriva products are available online in 80 languages and in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels. Headquartered in Paris, France, the company is publicly traded on the Euronext Marche Libre.
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