July 10, 2012

Mandriva joins OW2 to Spur Enterprise Innovation in the Open Source Community

With its commercial operations now focused on innovative open source software for the corporate market, Mandriva joins the OW2 Consortium to leverage its global community and outreach.

Paris July 5, 2012 – OW2, the international open source community for infrastructure software, and Mandriva, the company that gave the world one of the most popular Linux distributions, announce today that Mandriva has joined the OW2 Consortium as a Corporate Member to leverage its global community and outreach as Mandriva embarks on a renewed enterprise strategy.

Mandriva has recently gone through a reorganization and is currently redefining its strategy. While the well-known Mandriva Linux operating system is being returned to the open source community via a non-profit foundation called the Mandriva Linux Foundation, the company is repositioning its commercial operations on the corporate market including enterprises, government organizations and educational institutions. It provides tools that are simple to use and install while offering an advanced open source solution to manage heterogeneous IT infrastructure. As a natural complement to this strategic shift, Mandriva SA is looking to the OW2 Consortium as a support for the redeployment of its international strategy specifically in Europe and Brazil.

“Mandriva Linux only provides the best of open source software solutions. Because of this, we understand the importance of actively participating within the community and in helping to spur open source innovation,” said Mandriva CEO Jean-Manuel Croset. “We view OW2 as one of the most respected communities to ensure ongoing freedom of action, and encourage continued collaboration and advances in open source.”

Based in Paris, Mandriva is fully committed to free and open source software. As part of its commitment to the open source community, Mandriva develops, maintains and distributes free products including: Mandriva Linux 2011, a simple, open and innovative desktop Linux distribution, Enterprise Server 5.2, a simple, high-performance, accessible Linux server, Mandriva Directory Server (MDS), an easy-to-use LDAP directory management solution, and Pulse 2, a powerful IT infrastructure management system quick to install.

About Mandriva

Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of Mandriva Linux, an easy-to-use and innovative operating system. It is one of the most popular Linux editions in the world. Dedicated to making open source technologies accessible to all users, the company offers a full range of products and services to individuals, enterprises and government organizations. Mandriva products are available online in 80 languages and in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels. Headquartered in Paris, Mandriva has a subsidiary in Brazil and partners worldwide. Visit: www.mandriva.com.

About OW2

Founded in January 2007, OW2 is a global independent industry community dedicated to developing open source code infrastructure (middleware and generic applications) and to fostering a vibrant community and business ecosystem. The OW2 Consortium hosts some one hundred technology projects, including ASM, Bonita, eXo Platform, JOnAS, Orbeon Forms, PetALS ESB, SpagoBI and XWiki. Visit www.ow2.org.

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