MandrakeSoft has sent out a message explaining some of the
issues around its IPO and requesting that Mandrake users who have
information on how to best participate in their own countries
contribute to a special forum the company is opening to build a
We apologize for any confusion due to the disclaimer on
the IPO web site. The disclaimer was not well written and the
English version has been updated to more accurately reflect the
process. A disclaimer is required only because there are certain
countries where an Initial Public Offering by a foreign country is
strictly regulated. There is no law that forbids the buying of
shares, it is just more difficult to do so in an Initial Public
The offering will be closed on Friday at 5PM Paris time. On
Monday we will receive the results of the IPO and send it to you;
on the 3rd of August the shares will be publicly traded. There is
no limitation to buy/sell and be informed about the company after
the IPO because it will no longer be an initial offering.
We would like to build a "Howto buy MandrakeSoft shares". Since
the "Marché Libre" is not very well known it may be
difficult to locate brokers for purchasing shares in this market.
If you have any information about buying shares on the Euronext
Marché Libre in your country (and the costs for doing so)
please let the Linux-Mandrake community know on MandrakeForum:
We'll collect all the responses and build a HowTo.