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OLinux: Linux in France: what will be MandrakeSoft's next move? [Interview with Gael Duval]

Apr 05, 2000, 05:43 (1 Talkback[s])

"OLinux: Brief us about your Linux career?"

"Gael Duval: I'm 26 years old. So no need to tell you that I didn't do much before! I just studied computer sciences for 5 years at University in France. In my last year I specialized in Networking & Electronic Documents. After having used UNIX a lot (Solaris/SunOS) I discovered Linux in 1995. My first Linux distribution was taking 50 diskettes!"

"OLinux: As founder of Mandrake, how the idea of a distribution came to your mind? Were you inspired by other distributions success?"

"Gael Duval: This is quite easy. In 1997 I had a need of a Linux distribution which would be easy to install and very easy to use. Red Hat was quite easy to install, but not easy to use. So I put KDE in Red Hat, added a few things for simplifying the users life and I released. This wouldn't have been possible in the proprietary software world! Since that, Mandrake has evolved on its own way and it's good that we can invent many new concepts."

"OLinux: When Mandrake was created officially as a company?"

"Gael Duval: MandrakeSoft was founded in the end of 1998."

"OLinux: What is Mandrakes mission and strategy?"

"Gael Duval: We want to provide Linux to the biggest number of users. Personal users as well as corporates. The strategy is quite clear: we want to improve as much as possible, release the best quality possible, and offer the largest possible variety of products on as many plateforms as possible. That's why we will soon have an offer for the enterprises, and that we don't limit to x86 architecture. The force of Linux is that it runs in x86, SPARC, Alpha, PPC, Mips, 68k... That's not the case for any other proprietary OS!"

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