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
"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?"