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Mandriva pioneers new Linux distribution systems

Thursday March 16 2006

Paris, March 16th - Mandriva, the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, presents a new way for individual users and Mandriva Club members to use Mandriva Linux. Today, Mandriva introduces Mandriva One, a combined live and install CD based on Mandriva Linux 2006. In a few weeks, Mandriva will open the first version of Mandriva Kiosk, a one-click Web-based software installation service, to Club members.

Mandriva One, a Live and Install Linux CD!

An operating system is generally available as a live CD or a set of installation CDs, but not both on the same disc. Mandriva One differs in offering an all-in-one CD based on Mandriva Linux 2006. It's a great way for all users to save space and time. This high quality Linux distribution not only includes live and install functionality but also a selection of the best free software available with selected non-free applications and drivers available on a special edition for Mandriva Club members. Mandriva One is a true distribution which contains all the key applications from Mandriva Linux 2006, including all the software you need for office work, Internet access and multimedia files, including OpenOffice.org, Kontact, Kpdf, Kopete, Konqueror, Mozilla Firefox, The Gimp, KuickShow, AmaroK, Kaffeine, Gnucash and many more.

Perfect for Linux beginners

In order to help people to discover Linux, Mandriva One is designed to be very easy to use. The installation wizard and the dual-boot setup wizard help the user to install Linux if he decides to migrate – a simple icon on the desktop allows him to install the system with a few clicks. What's more, files created in live mode are included if he installs the running system to the hard disk.

Available in many languages

Following the tradition of localization of Mandriva Linux, Mandriva One is available in dozens of languages. Four CDs are available, offering a specific choice of languages for the various regions of the globe (America and Western Europe, Central Europe, Eastern Europe and Africa / Asia), totalling more than 70 languages. At first, Mandriva One will be exclusively available to Mandriva Club members, then after a short period it will be generally released on Internet where we encourage it to be shared as widely as possible. Copies of the America and Western Europe edition, which includes the most widely used western languages such as English, Spanish, Portuguese, French and German, will be pressed and distributed at shows by Mandriva and our partners.

Mandriva Kiosk, a one-click software installation service!

Mandriva Kiosk is a real revolution in the experience offered to Mandriva Linux users, allowing subscribers to explore new software for their systems on a personalized web page based on Mandriva choices and recommendations and the packages most popular with other users. Selected applications can be downloaded and installed with just one click. The software is available in the form of "bundles" which are coherent groups of applications. The easiness of downloading and installing a bundle is one of the major attractions of Kiosk. A first version of Mandriva Kiosk available to Mandriva Club members only will provide four bundles (KDE 3.5, GNOME 2.12, Firefox and Thunderbird 1.5 and OpenOffice.org 2.0.2). Mandriva Kiosk will join the other advantages offered to Mandriva Club members, and will also be accessible by annual subscription to non-Club members. The ideal companion for Mandriva One, Mandriva Kiosk fits into the range of online services offered by Mandriva covering the needs of novice and advanced users for simplicity, security, updates, training and support.

About Mandriva Linux 2006
Mandriva Linux 2006 is the result of the convergence of three leading Linux technologies. Widely recognized as one of the easiest to use operating systems, it blends desktop and server features from Conectiva and Lycoris, two Linux publishers acquired by Mandriva. Mandriva 2006 offers the ultimate in Linux for a wide array of computing requirements such as office, multimedia, Internet and servers. It is the only Linux system to be officially compliant with Intel® Centrino® mobile technology and to offer complete integration of the Skype free voice calling over Internet software. Other key features include the interactive firewall and auto-install server functionality.
Mandriva Linux is available in three editions: Discovery/Lx (for the Linux beginner), PowerPack (for the advanced computer user) and PowerPack+ (for SOHO users).

About Mandriva
Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy to use Linux systems. 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. "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, has offices in the United States, France and Brazil. Mandriva is traded on Paris Euronext Marché Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).
Press Contact: Estelle Estrabeau, +33 1 40 41 17 64 https://mandriva.com