MandrakeSoft, Inc. and Microtel Computer Systems Announce Agreement to Offer Pre-Loaded PCs With Mandrake Linux(R) Now Available at

ALTADENA, Calif. and CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif., July 17

Jul 17, 2002, 01:00 ET from MandrakeSoft, Inc.

/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
 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 , 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 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 & 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: " 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
     About MandrakeSoft
     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: for more
     About Microtel
     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 for more information.
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