European Publisher MandrakeSoft Consolidates Its Lead in the Fast-Growing Linux Market

Dec 06, 2000, 00:00 ET from MandrakeSoft

    PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Following exploding retail sales
 for its award-winning open source Linux-Mandrake distribution product,
 MandrakeSoft announces the opening of two new international offices and
 appoints top executives to drive its global expansion.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000807/SFM051 )
     Impressive retail sales figures for its award-winning products combined
 with recognized prominent and professional leadership and worldwide
 implementation, position MandrakeSoft as a driving force within the new open
 software and services movement.  The French Industry Minister's official visit
 to the MandrakeSoft office in Paris, on Wednesday, December 6, reinforces the
 growing importance of Open-Source in the European public sector and
 MandrakeSoft's leadership position.
 
     Retail Domination and Achievement of Excellence
 
     From January through September 2000, the Linux-Mandrake distribution was
     ranked first in US retail sales:
 
     Linux-Mandrake 28.8%
     Red Hat (RHAT) 28.7%
     Corel (CORL) 14.4%
     SuSe 9%
     Turbo Linux 6%
     Caldera (CALD) 5.8%
     Others 6.3%
     Figures:  PC Data
 
     During the third quarter of 2000, MandrakeSoft was #1 in sales volume in
 the US with 31.5% in July and 35% in August and September.
     Although official figures are currently unavailable for Europe,
 Linux-Mandrake's retail sales have soared 357% to 32,074 units in the period
 October 99 to September 2000, compared to 8,910 for the previous corresponding
 period.
 
     An Expanding International Team
     With its workforce already spanning twenty different nationalities,
 MandrakeSoft builds on its internationalism and its ability to deliver
 Open Source service offerings to the small and medium enterprise and public
 sectors with the recent appointment of two experienced international
 executives:
 
     Robert Winslow joins MandrakeSoft as WorldWide VP of Sales & Marketing.
 Mr. Winslow began his career at International Business Machines (IBM) where,
 between 1980-1992, he managed a $200 million business across 90 countries.  In
 1992, Mr. Winslow joined Talegen Holdings as Director of Sales and Marketing
 to assist in restructuring this conglomerate insurance company.  In 1995, he
 joined SS&C Technologies (SSNC) as the Senior VP of Sales.  Most recently, he
 has held the position of VP of Sales for Notara, a business to business
 Application Service Provider (ASP).
     John B. Corey Jr. joins MandrakeSoft as the new CIO.  Mr. Corey has worked
 in the computer industry since 1979.  Co-author of Hewlett Packard's
 Unix standard (called HP-UX), he spent seven years at Hewlett Packard (HP).
 Joining NeXT, Mr. Corey coordinated technical migration of the NeXT platform
 to IBM hardware.  Most recently, he has spent several years with the
 IT department of Swiss Bank Corporation in London.  Currently residing in
 London, Mr. Corey has joined MandrakeSoft to lead the new open eServices
 initiatives.
 
     With A Growing International Community Of Developers And Customers,
     Mandrakesoft Opens New Offices.
 
     Expanding its presence from Paris, France and Altadena, California,
 Mandrakesoft has recently opened two new offices.  The Berkeley, California
 offices will host the US Sales, Marketing and Services group.  The Montreal
 offices will enable Mandrakesoft to offer physical space to the growing
 North American open source developer community.
 
     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 & September 2000.
     Born on the Internet, MandrakeSoft established headquarters in Pasadena
 (U.S.) and Paris (Europe).  Please visit the web site, www.linux-mandrake.com
 for more information.
     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.
 
 

SOURCE MandrakeSoft
    PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Following exploding retail sales
 for its award-winning open source Linux-Mandrake distribution product,
 MandrakeSoft announces the opening of two new international offices and
 appoints top executives to drive its global expansion.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20000807/SFM051 )
     Impressive retail sales figures for its award-winning products combined
 with recognized prominent and professional leadership and worldwide
 implementation, position MandrakeSoft as a driving force within the new open
 software and services movement.  The French Industry Minister's official visit
 to the MandrakeSoft office in Paris, on Wednesday, December 6, reinforces the
 growing importance of Open-Source in the European public sector and
 MandrakeSoft's leadership position.
 
     Retail Domination and Achievement of Excellence
 
     From January through September 2000, the Linux-Mandrake distribution was
     ranked first in US retail sales:
 
     Linux-Mandrake 28.8%
     Red Hat (RHAT) 28.7%
     Corel (CORL) 14.4%
     SuSe 9%
     Turbo Linux 6%
     Caldera (CALD) 5.8%
     Others 6.3%
     Figures:  PC Data
 
     During the third quarter of 2000, MandrakeSoft was #1 in sales volume in
 the US with 31.5% in July and 35% in August and September.
     Although official figures are currently unavailable for Europe,
 Linux-Mandrake's retail sales have soared 357% to 32,074 units in the period
 October 99 to September 2000, compared to 8,910 for the previous corresponding
 period.
 
     An Expanding International Team
     With its workforce already spanning twenty different nationalities,
 MandrakeSoft builds on its internationalism and its ability to deliver
 Open Source service offerings to the small and medium enterprise and public
 sectors with the recent appointment of two experienced international
 executives:
 
     Robert Winslow joins MandrakeSoft as WorldWide VP of Sales & Marketing.
 Mr. Winslow began his career at International Business Machines (IBM) where,
 between 1980-1992, he managed a $200 million business across 90 countries.  In
 1992, Mr. Winslow joined Talegen Holdings as Director of Sales and Marketing
 to assist in restructuring this conglomerate insurance company.  In 1995, he
 joined SS&C Technologies (SSNC) as the Senior VP of Sales.  Most recently, he
 has held the position of VP of Sales for Notara, a business to business
 Application Service Provider (ASP).
     John B. Corey Jr. joins MandrakeSoft as the new CIO.  Mr. Corey has worked
 in the computer industry since 1979.  Co-author of Hewlett Packard's
 Unix standard (called HP-UX), he spent seven years at Hewlett Packard (HP).
 Joining NeXT, Mr. Corey coordinated technical migration of the NeXT platform
 to IBM hardware.  Most recently, he has spent several years with the
 IT department of Swiss Bank Corporation in London.  Currently residing in
 London, Mr. Corey has joined MandrakeSoft to lead the new open eServices
 initiatives.
 
     With A Growing International Community Of Developers And Customers,
     Mandrakesoft Opens New Offices.
 
     Expanding its presence from Paris, France and Altadena, California,
 Mandrakesoft has recently opened two new offices.  The Berkeley, California
 offices will host the US Sales, Marketing and Services group.  The Montreal
 offices will enable Mandrakesoft to offer physical space to the growing
 North American open source developer community.
 
     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 & September 2000.
     Born on the Internet, MandrakeSoft established headquarters in Pasadena
 (U.S.) and Paris (Europe).  Please visit the web site, www.linux-mandrake.com
 for more information.
     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.
 
 SOURCE  MandrakeSoft