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Worldwide Install Party: Mandriva to rally its community of users in 65 towns across the globe, on November 19

Tuesday November 15 2005

30 towns from China and Brazil will participate in the event.
Mandriva, the number one European Linux publisher, will gather its community of users across the globe during a worldwide install party on Saturday, November 19th.
Following the release of Mandriva Linux 2006, Mandriva is mobilizing its network of Linux User Groups (LUGs). Free community installation sessions will take place around the world. Major participating locations include the United States, Brazil, Canada, China, Moroco, and the island of Reunion.
More than 60 cities are involved, including a dozen in China and 15 in Brazil.

Expert Mandriva Linux users are invited to assist beginners to help them get started with the operating system. A variety of goodies will be distributed to the participants.

Funda Wang, a Chinese contributor to the Mandriva Linux project explains:
"I've been using Mandriva Linux for several years, thanks to the continual improvements made for Chinese users. The install party is a great opportunity for people to know what is a user-friendly and secure operating system. There will be a dozen places all over China (including Taiwan, of course) holding the event on November 19th. Mandriva Linux is a wonderful choice when one wants to switch to Linux, this is the reality users will have the opportunity to attest at the install parties."

Participants will be able to:

  • Get help on installing Mandriva Linux on their laptop or desktop free of charge

  • View demonstrations of all that can be done with Mandriva Linux

  • Get answers to their questions

  • Meet other Mandriva Linux users

As a testament to its ease of use, Mandriva Linux is being increasingly preloaded on computers by leading hardware manufacturers.
In the belief that installation is one the toughest steps to complete in order to have beginners adopt a new operating system, Mandriva invites anyone wishing to better know Linux to join the free installation parties that are being organized on November 19. These installation parties are made possible thanks to the power of the knowledge sharing spirit well established within the open source community.
The number of Mandriva Linux users worldwide is estimated to be in the order of 6 to 8 million.

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 desktop search, 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 and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and Open Source software and related services. Mandriva products are available in more than 140 countries through dedicated channels and also from store.mandriva.com, the company's online store.
"Born on the Internet" in late 1998, Mandriva 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: Kadjo N'Doua press at mandriva.com / + 33 1 40 41 67 67