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SearchEnterpriseLinux: MandrakeSoft CEO: Linux-Mandrake tops in retail

Jan 31, 2001, 14:37 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jan Stafford)

"Linux-Mandrake took the top spot in the Linux retail market in 2000, beating popular Red Hat by a slim margin, said Henri Poole, MandrakeSoft chief executive officer. ... On the eve of the LinuxWorld Conference & Expo in New York, Poole talked with searchEnterpriseLinux about the company's plans for moving into a new vertical market, about differentiating its technologies and about recent events in the Linux world."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: What features differentiate MandrakeSoft from other distributions?

Poole: We got our reputation as being the easiest to use and install version of Linux starting with the first version. To sum it up, Mandrake was first created for a company of (non-technical people). As the company evolved, we attracted engineers who cared about making the software easy for someone else to use. That's different from what happens often in software development, because often engineers are making software to use themselves."

"searchEnterpriseLinux: In what other ways has MandrakeSoft made its solution different?

Poole: We created the first commercial multi-window environment for Linux. We were the first commercial player to create online updates available on the desktop. We started out with the easiest to use installation system, and it's gotten better. That's an area where our competitors are catching up with us quickly. We were the first to put in file journaling, Reiser FS. We have the first control panel, one place where you can set up your system features, of all the commercial distributions. The control panel is a common feature of Windows, but up until now Linux users have had to hunt around for controllers for various parts of your hardware. That's difficult for people who have moved over from the Windows environment. "

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