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Linux Magazine: Q and A with Mandrakesoft's new CEO

Aug 07, 2000, 22:35 (2 Talkback[s])
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"LM: How does a company like Mandrakesoft compete with Red Hat?"

"Poole: We have a disadvantage in that we're a follower, but we have an advantage in that we're smaller, and with less than 100 employees we're able to move extremely quickly and create products in markets that maybe they won't be able to."

"LM: What territory will you be staking out? How should people think of Mandrakesoft?"

"Poole: I think we should be thought of as the Linux for the People. When Gael [Duval -- MandrakeSoft's co-founder] founded the company he wanted to create a product that would really empower people, so he took some good open source technology and put it together in a way that no one else had, and really pushed the utility for people. And that's what we want to do. That's given us a strength in the desktop space. Although a lot of people have said there's not really much of a market there, we've seen a good market there for ourselves up to this point and we've leveraged it into creating a good corporate product, which we're currently offering in France. I feel that as a company we're developing very good products, and we're doing it in a way that's consistent with the values of the open source movement and if we continue to do those two things, we will be successful. You're asking about what markets we will focus on. There's a lot of opportunity out there we're evaluating. It's too soon to tell you where which markets we're going to stake...."

"LM: Mandrakesoft has been in the news lately because they allegedly pay off reviewers somehow to write better reviews about the software. What exactly has been going on there?"

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