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PR: Mandrakesoft and LaCie Introduce GlobeTrotter: a 40GB Mobile Desktop

Aug 26, 2004, 15:15 (1 Talkback[s])

GlobeTrotter, a new product by Mandrakesoft based on the LaCie Mobile Hard Drive designed by FA Porsche, is set to change the way users think about mobile computing. GlobeTrotter is a USB mobile hard drive loaded with a specially tuned version of Mandrakesoft's award-winning Mandrakelinux operating system. Combined with the power and unique design of LaCie hardware, GlobeTrotter allows users to turn any computer into their personal Linux desktop--for just US$219 dollars (€199).

GlobeTrotter is perfect for those with serious capacity and power needs. Unlike CD-R's and USB keys that only store data, or laptops that are heavy and expensive, the GlobeTrotter offers a complete work environment in one cost-effective, lightweight package. All it takes is simply plugging the GlobeTrotter into the USB port of the host PC and turning it on. The host computer is not modified in any way. And when the job is done, the GlobeTrotter can be taken to a different workstation with up to 40GB of a user's data including applications and personal settings.

"LaCie is pleased to work with Mandrakesoft and help Mandrakelinux users easily transport their personal work environments from one place to the next," says Mathilde Bohrmann, LaCie Vice President of Research and Development. "LaCie's powerful technology and hardware, paired with Mandrakelinux, makes the GlobeTrotter a must-have for professional users on the go."

With Mandrakesoft's OS powering the device, the user is provided with the flexibility, security, ease-of-use and power of a state-of-the-art Linux system. Among the included software are the productivity suite OpenOffice.org, integrated personal information management software such as Kontact and Evolution, as well as full-featured development tools. To further ease the customer into their new system, GlobeTrotter comes with thirty days of web support, and membership to Mandrakeclub and Mandrakeonline for a month.

"Mobile computing is getting ever more popular with users worldwide--it is one of the fastest growing segments of the IT industry," says François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft. "But the existing offer was lacking a device capable of carrying a full work environment but is not a computer in itself. GlobeTrotter is just that device."

Possible uses for GlobeTrotter include, among many others :

  • People who are accustomed to working in a Linux environment and wish to carry it with them.
  • People who need to use someone else's computer without altering anything.
  • GlobeTrotter can be used as a sophisticated mobile media player.
  • It can also be a powerful device for presentations and slide shows.

More information about GlobeTrotter is available at:
http://www.mandrakesoft.com/products/globetrotter
and: http://www.mandrakesoft.com/products/globetrotter/faq

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