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MandrakeSoft (, the company responsible for one of the world most powerful and user-friendly Linux operating system, today launched the retail version of its new Mandrake Linux 8.1 Linux operating system. The new software is immediately available at and can be purchased in retail outlets from the start of November.

There are three version's of the new 8.1 product, each designed to suit different end-user needs:

· Mandrake Linux Standard Edition 8.1 - for both new and experienced users;

· Mandrake Linux PowerPack Edition 8.1 - for power users or those setting up a workstation or server;

· Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition 8.1 - the Linux enterprise solution for small and medium-sized businesses that scales easily for large enterprise deployments.

Frédéric Bastok, co-founder and CTO of MandrakeSoft, stated that "Our user-friendly and powerful solution, which includes over 2500 applications, suits both the server and the desktop markets perfectly. Moreover, our range of offerings is enlarged thanks to many new functionalities such as MandrakeOnline, MandrakeSoft's new exciting service. With the top level premium support of MandrakeExpert, Mandrake Linux 8.1 users benefit from the quick technical support of MandrakeSoft's experts."

Available packages:

Mandrake Linux 8.1 is available immediately at and from early November at leading software retailers in three distinct packages:

· Mandrake Linux Standard Edition - The key to Linux: Both beginners and experienced users appreciate the easy-to-use graphical installer which features automated hardware detection.
Includes 3 CDs plus detailed Installation Guide and 30 days of MandrakeExpert web technical support and MandrakeOnline. Suggested Retail Price: 29 euros (plus VAT)

·Mandrake Linux PowerPack Edition - All the power of Linux: Based on the award winning Mandrake Linux operating system, the PowerPack includes the best Open Source and commercial applications currently available for Linux. With-easy to-use wizards and customised configuration tools, PowerPack 8.1 is ideally suited for setting-up quickly and easily a full-featured workstation.

The pack includes 7 CDs packed with thousands of the latest Linux applications, a comprehensive installation & user guide, plus a detailed reference manual, 30 days of phone support and 60 days of MandrakeExpert and MandrakeOnline. Suggested Retail Price: 59 euros (plus VAT).

·Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition - The Linux server solution: Designed for small and medium businesses, Mandrake Linux ProSuite Edition 8.1 has been specifically customised to include all the necessary tools to rapidly and easily build a Linux Server Solution. ProSuite Edition 8.1 scales easily for large enterprise deployments.

The Pro Suite edition includes 9 CDs (with a special Mandrake Server CD) + 1 DVD packed with thousands of the latest Linux applications and server configuration wizards, extended server support including 60 days phone support and 90 days of MandrakeExpert and MandrakeOnline. It also comes with 2 update CDs during the product life. Suggested Retail Price: 149 euros (plus VAT).

Mandrake Linux OEM Edition 8.1: Mandrake 8.1 now also comes in an OEM edition for desktops & servers at leading hardware vendors. A master CD is also available for easier pre-installation.

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New features and benefits of Mandrake Linux 8.1:

Full services included

·MandrakeOnline, MandrakeSoft's new online service offers many possibilities:

- Alerts on security or package updates according to hardware and software configuration

- Email alias ""

- Special rebates for MandrakeExpert, MandrakeSoft's online top level premium support platform

·MandrakeExpert enables Mandrake Linux 8.1 users to benefit not only from community technical support but also from top level premium support furnished by MandrakeSoft's experts (48 hour response time).

Best graphical interfaces

MandrakeSoft continues to build on its promise of offering a fully-graphical Linux operating system for both the novice and professional user with the latest leading Open Source environments.

Mandrake Linux 8.1 contains the latest versions of the best graphical interfaces, including:

·KDE 2.2.1, the user-friendly environment with the most integrated and easy-to-use features:

- Konqueror: The versatile file and web browser now includes enhanced JavaScript support and better HTML rendering.

- Kmail: The integrated and powerful KDE mail client now includes support for IMAP servers and many ergonomic enhancements.

- KOffice 1.1: The complete and light-weight KDE office suite has undergone major changes since version 1.0 for instance: a complete rewrite of Kword, inclusion of a new chart application called KVivio, improvement of MS Office filters.

·GNOME 1.4.1, the most powerful user environment with many enhancements such as:

- Nautilus 1.0.4: The new GNOME file browser features major speed improvements and many ergonomic enhancements based on user feedback.

- Mozilla 0.9.4: The integrated Web Browser and communication suite now has dramatic speed improvements and better usability.

- Kernel 2.4.8: The latest Kernel with SuperMount support and the latest patches for wider hardware support.

- XFree86 4.1: The most recent version ensures a complete Video Cards Support.

MandrakeSoft's user-friendly specific tools

Mandrake Control Centre is the one-stop location to set-up and administer machines with:

·LogDrake: An easy tool to monitor computer activity (through logs)

·Embedded root console available for maintenance purposes

·MandrakeFirstTime: An easy-to-use wizard that helps to set-up your desktop environment (KDE, GNOME), choose a theme and configure email settings.

·DrakNet: A tool to configure easily networks or Internet connections, including DSL connections.

Complete and powerful server solutions

·Enterprise Kernel 2.4.8: This special edition of the Kernel comes with native support for HI Memory (>1024 MB) and SMP (Symetric Multi Processing)

·Full support for Journalised FileSystems: XFS, Ext3, ReiserFS and JFS come in standard ensuring files integrity

·Special version of Samba: Combined with XFS and latest kernel, Samba 2.2.1.a allows Windows® file sharing with the same fine-grained permissions as Windows® NT.

·PHP Groupware: A full-featured groupware suite accessible anywhere from a simple web browser with secure connection.

Easy-to-use installation and system management utilities

·Server configuration wizards for a faster and more convenient use (Web Mail, Firewall, File & Printer sharing, etc).

·Mandrake Server CD: A complete server orientated distribution featuring the best Open Source server software combined with Mandrake Linux easy-to-use DrakX installer.

·Web Administration with Webmin: allows easy configuration DNS, Samba, NFS, local/remote file systems and more from any computer with a secure browser connection.

·URPMI: Automated software management systems URPMI provides a hassle-free way to install and upgrade applications.

·Auto-Install tool: Servers and workstations are duplicated effortlessly with the new "auto install" feature.
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About MandrakeSoft

MandrakeSoft provides a trusted interface between users of information technology and open source developers. The company offers customers in the small office, home office (SoHo), small and medium size enterprise, government and educational sectors a set of GNU Linux and Open-Source software and related services, and user-friendly and highly competitive information technologies at a very attractive total cost of ownership. 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 entered the Paris Euronext on July 30th, 2001 (Euroclear code: 4477.PA; Reuters code: MAKE.PA).

Awards for the Mandrake Linux solution include:

Linux Magazine "Editor's Choice" Award in September 2001 & 2000

CNET editors' choice award in June 2001

Chip Magazine "Best Technique and Winner of the Test" in December 2000.

"Best Product of the Year" and "Best Linux Distribution/Server" at LinuxWorld Expo 99.

PC Answers Platinum Award in April 2000

"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 for more information.

Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. Mandrake and the Mandrake logo are trademarks of MandrakeSoft. All other trademarks and copyrights are owned by their respective companies.

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