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
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
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:
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
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
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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