Sun's StarOffice 6.0 for Linux Immediately Available to MandrakeClub Members

    ALTADENA, Calif., March 28 /PRNewswire/ -- MandrakeSoft today announced
 that the new version of the premier Office Suite for Linux, StarOffice 6.0, is
 immediately available as a download for Mandrake Linux Club Members. As part
 of its relationship with Sun, MandrakeSoft has been selected to distribute
 StarOffice 6.0. MandrakeSoft is offering the download service to MandrakeClub
 "Silver" members (and above). To provide Mandrake Club members the opportunity
 to reach Silver status, MandrakeSoft has set up a simple upgrade procedure.
     Fully compatible with most Microsoft Office documents and available in all
 the major languages including French, German, Spanish, English, Korean,
 Japanese, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Swedish and Italian, Sun's
 StarOffice 6.0 supports 10 languages total.
     Sun's StarOffice 6.0 for Linux provides a unique opportunity to help move
 new users to Linux.  This new release confirms Linux as a stable, efficient
 and affordable replacement for Windows and MacOS in the enterprise, as well as
 for individuals.
     StarOffice 6.0 is comprised of five major components StarOffice Writer is
 a professional word processor; StarOffice Calc is a spreadsheet application;
 StarOffice Impress is a multimedia presentation tool; StarOffice Draw is a
 3Dgraphics and special effects designer; StarOffice Adabas D is a
 user-friendly database.
     The new features include a new XML-based document format that results in
 dramatically reduced file sizes (compared to StarOffice 5.2), improved file
 filters and support for OLE objects that provide excellent compatibility with
 Microsoft Office documents, new font rendering, an improved user interface
 that makes StarOffice 6.0 more intuitive and friendly than ever, better system
 integration with other applications that allows, for instance, the ability to
 send office documents with an email client directly from StarOffice, and more!
     "StarOffice software enables users within a multi-platform environment to
 conduct business seamlessly," said Mike Rogers, vice president and general
 manager of desktop and office productivity, Sun Microsystems. "We are pleased
 to be working with MandrakeSoft to deliver value to its customers."  Jacques
 Le Marois, CEO and Co-Founder of MandrakeSoft, adds:  "StarOffice 6.0 is a
 powerful and low-cost office alternative that makes Linux much more attractive
 to a wider audience of people. I'm very happy that Mandrake Linux users can be
 the first Linux users to benefit from this new release."
     StarOffice 6.0 is supported under the following Mandrake Linux versions
 (x86 only): Mandrake Linux 8.0, Mandrake Linux 8.1 and Mandrake Linux 8.2.
 
     Mandrake Linux Club Users ("Silver" members and above) can download
 StarOffice 6.0 for Linux at:  http://www.mandrakeclub.com .
 
     More information about the Mandrake Linux Users Club is available at:
 http://www.mandrakelinux.com/en/club/ .
 
     About MandrakeSoft, Inc.
     MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information
 technology and open source developers. The company offers its enterprise,
 government and educational customers a set of GNU Linux and Open-Source
 software and related services, and user-friendly and highly competitive
 information technologies. In addition, MandrakeSoft offers technologists
 committed to open software and courseware a trusted channel to offer their
 services.
     The company has technologists in over 20 countries, and is traded on
 Euronext Marche Libre (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the
 US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF). "Born on the Internet" in late 1998,
 MandrakeSoft established headquarters in the U.S.A., Montreal, England,
 Germany and France.
     Please visit the Web site, http://www.mandrakesoft.com for more
 information.
 
     About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
     Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- The Network Is The
 Computer(TM) -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq:   SUNW) to its
 position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and
 services that power the Internet and allow companies worldwide to take their
 businesses to the nth. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries and on the
 World Wide Web at http://sun.com .
 
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