/PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- To meet the growing demand for low-cost and
fully-featured personal computers, MandrakeSoft, Inc. and Microtel Computer
Systems will be offering PCs preloaded with Mandrake Linux at Walmart.com.
Prices start at $389.
Mandrake Linux is famous in the Linux world for providing an easy-to-use
yet powerful Linux operating system. These new Mandrake/Microtel systems are
loaded with applications for surfing the Web, exchanging e-mail, listening to
musical CDs and MP3s, and other functions plus the complete StarOffice(R) 6.0
office suite. StarOffice 6.0 provides applications for word processing,
spreadsheet, presentation, graphics, and database capabilities. StarOffice
features an intuitive graphical user interface (GUI) and is compatible with
files created with other desktop suites, such as MS-Office.
The Mandrake/Microtel systems, available only at www.walmart.com , are
completely preconfigured and ready to use. Owners will find everything needed
for a productive workstation including:
-- Mozilla -- a world-class web browser, news & email reader
-- The GIMP -- a powerful image editing program
-- GnuCash -- personal finance manager
-- XMMS -- a multimedia player with custom "skins" and visualization
-- And dozens of games, graphics, sound, video, and educational programs.
Plus, MandrakeSoft's famous graphical configuration utilities -- for
setting up hardware peripherals -- are just one click away on the KDE or GNOME
Advanced users who want to configure their Mandrake/Microtel system as a
powerful Linux server will be pleased to know that these systems include the
"Mandrake Linux OEM Application" CDs for easily installing & configuring the
Apache web server, Samba file & print server, plus many other popular
The advantage of buying a Microtel PC preloaded with Mandrake Linux at
Walmart.com is two-fold: mainstream shoppers can now enjoy a stable, secure
and virus-free computing experience, plus save money at the same time. An
equivalent system preloaded with a proprietary OS, proprietary office suite
and other equivalent proprietary applications could cost hundreds of dollars
"This partnership with Microtel & Walmart.com is an important step in the
growing worldwide adoption of Mandrake Linux as an alternative operating
system, particularly in the USA," said Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft.
Microtel Computer Systems preloaded with Mandrake Linux operating system
will answer a growing demand for affordable and powerful systems. "We have
worked with MandrakeSoft to make Microtel systems with Mandrake 8.2 and
StarOffice 6.0 truly exciting and powerful systems," said Rich Hindman, Vice
President of Microtel Computer Systems. He also added: "Walmart.com has
identified a need for choice in the computer industry and once again is
bringing choice to the customer by offering computers pre-installed with
MandrakeSoft Linux operating system to address the growing Linux market."
About Mandrake Linux
Mandrake Linux is a powerful operating system available for the Intel
Pentium(R), AMD Athlon(R), and PowerPC(R) processors. Mandrake Linux includes
many graphical administration assistants & wizards that make the operating
system intuitive and easy to use while providing all the power and robustness
of Linux. Hundreds of included applications make Mandrake Linux an ideal
solution for both enterprises and individual users. Mandrake Linux is widely
known as the most feature-rich, multi-purpose Linux operating system
MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information
technology and Open Source developers. The company offers its enterprise,
government and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and Open
Source software and related services, plus user-friendly and highly
competitive information technologies. Additionally, MandrakeSoft offers
technologists committed to Open Source software and courseware a trusted
channel to offer their services.
MandrakeSoft has technologists in over 20 countries, and is traded on
Paris Euronext Marche Libre (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA)
and the US OTC market (OTC: MDKFF). "Born on the Internet" in late 1998,
MandrakeSoft has established headquarters in the U.S.A., Montreal, England and
France. Please visit the website: http://www.mandrakesoft.com for more
Microtel Computer Systems through its built-to-order business model,
designs, manufactures and customizes products and services to customer
requirements, and offers an extensive selection of software and peripherals.
Microtel desktop PCs are sold through U.S. retailers, System Integrators, and
VARS/VADS. Visit www.buymicrotel.com for more information.
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SOURCE MandrakeSoft, Inc.