April 23, 2002

MandrakeSoft announces the immediate availability of Mandrake Linux 8.2 retail packs

MandrakeSoft (http://www.mandrakesoft.com ), a leading provider of Open Source software, today announced the availability of the boxed versions of Mandrake Linux 8.2 through a number of retail outlets worldwide and also online from http://www.mandrakestore.com . The latest release of MandrakeSoft's popular operating system marks a new step in addressing the special needs of enterprise users while continuing to ease the adoption of Linux by all.
Mandrake Linux 8.2 for PowerPack and ProSuite are the first Linux distributions to include StarOffice 6.0, the new office suite from Sun Microsystems which is compatible with Microsoft Office documents. Customers are provided with three packaged versions of Mandrake Linux 8.2 to choose from: ProSuite ($149.99), PowerPack ($69.99) and Standard ($39.99)*. OEM versions, targeted at hardware manufacturers, are due out later this month.

Mandrake Linux 8.2 is the best "all-in-one" solution for saving time and money with personal computers: installation couldn't be easier with MandrakeSoft's world-famous graphical installer, and no post-configuration hassles means that every MandrakeSoft system is immediately ready for work or for play. Depending on the user's requirements, Mandrake Linux 8.2 can be installed as a full-featured & powerful Linux server, or as a highly productive personal workstation.

"Mandrake Linux has long been the preferred Linux distribution for individuals, but Mandrake Linux 8.2 marks a new step in our penetration of the corporate environment. The features and unparalleled ease of use make 8.2 an incredibly efficient and affordable alternative to UNIX and Windows 2000" said Jacques Le Marois, CEO of MandrakeSoft.

New server features include the ability to use an encrypted filesystem for protecting sensitive data; "kernel-secure" adds important security features to the default Linux kernel; and an "Enterprise" kernel delivers SMP (Symmetric Multi Processing) and Hi-memory support (above 1024 MB) for high-end servers. Mandrake Linux 8.2 also introduces a quick and efficient way to set up printers and scanners; a new file sharing feature for easily sharing files and directories in a networked environment; and improved "hot-plug" support that lets users install new devices quickly and painlessly without having to reboot the system. A new remote desktop utility, RFBdrake, is extremely useful for controlling machines remotely within a LAN or securely through the Internet (works with Linux/Unix systems and with Windows 2000/XP "Window Terminal Services"). The reworked version of MSEC, a system for configuring the security level of a machine (Standard, High, Highest, Paranoid) is more powerful than ever.

New desktop features include a completely redesigned Mandrake Control Center that serves as a central location for MandrakeSoft-specific tools and utilities, as well as many new configuration wizards. Desktop users will appreciate the task-oriented menus in GNOME and KDE, which greatly simplify locating applications by categorizing them into common "tasks". MandrakeFirstTime is an easy-to-use wizard that helps setup a desktop environment (KDE, GNOME, etc.), choose a theme and configure email settings. DrakNet, the Internet connection and network utility, efficiently helps users configure all types of network connections, from common dial-up modems to DSL and cable connections. Also included are the latest stable versions of KDE and GNOME which both offer some great new features and applications such as anti-aliased fonts and Evolution (an Outlook-like email client and personal information manager).

About Mandrake Linux 8.2, they are saying...

"If you are looking for a way to move even the most staunch Macintosh or Windows users over to Linux, giving them a taste of Mandrake certainly would be a good way to do so. (...) Overall: A+" -- Timothy R. Butler, Editor-in-Chief, Open for Business.

Mandrake Linux 8.2 Pack details:

* Mandrake Linux 8.2 ProSuite Edition -- "The Linux Server Solution" -- includes everything needed to deploy powerful and affordable services for the Internet and/or Intranet. The ProSuite Edition includes eight CDs (including two special server CDs), one DVD, and two comprehensive manuals. Included is a comprehensive support plan that covers two technical support phone calls plus 90 days of premium web-based support via MandrakeExpert.com. During the product life, two Update CDs for security and bug fixes will be sent to registered users. The 8.2 ProSuite Edition (for Intel & AMD processors) is available for $149.99. (more details...)

* Mandrake Linux 8.2 PowerPack Edition -- "Linux for Workstations" -- is the most complete and user-friendly Linux package for the desktop. The PowerPack includes seven CDs and two comprehensive manuals. The PowerPack's support plan includes 60 days of premium web-based support from MandrakeExpert.com plus a significant discount for two technical support incidents settled by phone (valid for 30 days). The 8.2 PowerPack Edition (for Intel & AMD processors) is available for $69.99. (more details...)

* Mandrake Linux 8.2 Standard Edition -- "The key to Linux" -- delivers the best way to get started with Linux. Includes the complete operating system, thousands of applications, plus the famous MandrakeSoft configuration wizards and utilities. Thirty days of premium web-based support via MandrakeExpert.com is also included. The 8.2 Standard Edition (for Intel & AMD processors) is available for $39.99. (more details...)

(*) Mandrake Linux 8.2 Standard Edition is currently not available for purchase at MandrakeStore.

High quality value-added services, including consulting and support, can be easily added to ProSuite deployments. Please see http://www.mandrakesoft.com/businesses for more information about MandrakeSoft's complete range of professional services, or dial toll-free (in the US) 1-877-74-LINUX (1-877-745-4689) Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm EST.

In addition, Mandrake Linux 8.2 PPC "Linux for the Mac" is available directly from MandrakeStore as a two-CD set for $25 (without manuals or support).

http://www.mandrakestore.com/

All Mandrake Linux users are invited to join the Mandrake Users Club. The Club is the best way to benefit from special privileges (third party software, special discounts, etc.). To learn more about the Mandrake User Club and the Corporate Club, please see:
http://mandrakelinux.com/en/club/

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 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 Paris Euronext Marché 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.

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