April 7, 2005

Mandrakesoft Announces Name Change!

It's been in the air for a few weeks...

After spending weeks balancing pros and cons, Mandrakesoft has decided
to change its name!

The name change will apply worldwide to both the company and its
products. The management team sees two good reasons for this change:

1. The recent Mandrakesoft - Conectiva merger calls for a new identity
that better represents the combination of two key companies and
their global presence.

2. The long-winding trademark lawsuit with Hearst Corporation has
reached a point where we decided it is more reasonable for us to
move forward. By adopting a new name, we eliminate the liability
attached to the Mandrakesoft name and we can focus on what is
important to us: developing and delivering great technology and
solutions to both our customers and our user community.

We will endeavor to build even stronger brand recognition in our new
name. So what is the new name?

The winner is...


Why Mandriva? This new name, simple and efficient, is the synthesis of
Mandrakesoft and Conectiva. This will further a smooth transition and
will build on our existing brand recognition in the IT world.

* Company & Products

Mandriva is the new name for the company. Mandriva Linux is the new
name covering products.

Additional derivations follow directly: Mandriva Club, Mandriva Store,
Mandriva Expert and so on.

* Websites

Our web addresses become accordingly:

http://www.mandriva.com/ for the corporation
http://www.mandrivalinux.com/ for the community project
http://www.mandrivastore.com/ for the online Store
http://www.mandriva.com/ for the Club
http://www.mandrivaexpert.com/ for the web-based support platform

We encourage everyone - users, partners, and the media - to start
using the new name as soon as possible. In particular, Mandriva users
are encouraged to update their bookmarks ASAP! New Mandriva logos
are now available on our website at:

The Mandriva Management Team

About Mandriva

Mandriva, formerly known as Mandriva, is the publisher of the popular
Mandriva Linux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy
to use Linux systems available. The company offers its enterprise,
government educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and
Open Source software and related services. Mandriva products are
available in more than 120 countries through dedicated channels and
also from Mandrivastore.com, the company's online store. Number 1 in
several countries, Mandriva has won many awards for quality and
technical innovation. "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, Mandriva
has offices in the United States and France. Mandriva is traded on
Paris Euronext Marché Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters
code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF)."

Link: mandriva.com

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