MandrakeSoft Joins the GNOME Foundation

Nov 14, 2000, 00:00 ET from MandrakeSoft

    SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- MandrakeSoft today announced that
 it is joining the Advisory Board of the GNOME Foundation, which aims to
 promote the GNOME graphical desktop. Linux-Mandrake operating system has
 included GNOME since early versions and the GNOME has recently become the
 desktop of choice for many Linux-Mandrake users.
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     "We are delighted that MandrakeSoft is joining the Foundation's Advisory
 Board and extending its commitment to GNOME," said Miguel De Icaza,
 co-founder of GNOME.  "MandrakeSoft's market leadership role in the European
 Linux market and its strong retail presence in the US will allow GNOME to
 reach a much broader audience worldwide."
     MandrakeSoft has long recognized the great value offered by the GNOME
 environment and its ability to attract new users from the Windows world.
 MandrakeSoft also credits the numerous innovations introduced by the GNOME
 project as one of the key reasons for the worldwide success of Linux and the
 Open Source model.
     "MandrakeSoft has always been committed to support Free Software and Linux
 in particular.  Our entrance in the GNOME Foundation proves once again our
 commitment to killer free-software projects", said Gael Duval - VP &
 Co-Founder of MandrakeSoft.
     MandrakeSoft affirms its commitment to the Foundation and to GNOME's
 bright future by also announcing to financially sponsor several GNOME
 developers so that they may focus on developing GNOME Office/OpenOffice for
 the benefit of the entire community.
     In a related announcement, Borland-Inprise today announced that it, too,
 will be joining the GNOME Foundation's Advisory Board.
     About MandrakeSoft
     MandrakeSoft publishes the Linux-Mandrake operating system, based on
 open-source development (which provides free access to source code published
 in accordance with a General Public License, or GPL).  Several hundred
 developers throughout the world contribute to the constant improvement of the
 product directly over the Internet.  This international developer community
 has given Linux-Mandrake a product that is available in over 40 languages.
     Linux-Mandrake is a very complete system with a choice of several
 powerful, pre-configured graphic interfaces (notably the leaders KDE and
 GNOME), as well as more than 2,300 applications including Netscape
 Communicator, the StarOffice suite, and the Apache Web server.
     In a testament to its success, MandrakeSoft received the awards for "Best
 Product of the Year" and "Best Linux-Distribution/Server" at LinuxWorld Expo
 99, as well as the PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000 and the Linux
 Magazine Editor's Choice Award in September 2000.  The company has signed a
 strategic partnership with the American publisher Macmillan USA and held the
 number one spot in Linux North American sales for Macmillan USA in July &
 August 2000 (Source:  PC Data).
     "Born on the Internet", MandrakeSoft established headquarters in Pasadena
 (U.S.) and Paris (Europe).
     Please visit the web site, for more information.
     About GNOME and the GNOME Foundation
     The GNOME project has built a completely free and easy-to-use desktop
 environment, as well as a powerful application framework for software
 developers on Linux and other Unix-like operating systems.  GNOME is part of
 the GNU project, an effort to build a completely free Unix-like operating
 system better known as GNU/Linux or Linux.
     The GNOME Foundation will provide organizational, financial and legal
 support to the GNOME project, and help determine its vision and roadmap. The
 Foundation is governed by a board of directors elected by the members of the
 foundation:  individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the development
 of GNOME through participation in the development, documentation and promotion
 of GNOME.  An Advisory Board provides a vehicle for organizations and
 companies to communicate with the GNOME community and support GNOME.
     Advisory Board members include Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Red Hat, Sun
 Microsystems, Turbo Linux and other leading technology companies.
     Additional information is available at .  You are
 invited to participate in GNOME, which provides many opportunities for
 individuals and companies to contribute.
     NOTE:  Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Mandrake and
 Linux-Mandrake are trademarks of MandrakeSoft.  All other trademarks and
 copyrights are owned by their respective companies.

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