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Linux-Mandrake.com: The Future of Mandrake Linux

Mar 12, 2002, 10:02 (81 Talkback[s])

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"Today we are on the verge of releasing Mandrake Linux 8.2. This latest version of our flagship product introduces many new features such as an encrypted filesystem, automatic detection of "hot-plug" devices, refined & polished graphical user interfaces, and much more that will be detailed in the official announcement. Judging by the response of beta testers, we're certain that 8.2 will be a fantastic release which will be quickly adopted by Linux users everywhere.

Even though all of us here at MandrakeSoft are excited about the upcoming release, we've also been distracted by financial concerns. Despite continuous good reviews in the press; despite having millions of users throughout the world; despite producing an award-winning Linux distribution that is a solid competitor to both UNIX and Window$, the Mandrake Linux distribution's short-term future is in jeopardy due to a simple factor: money.

As a company, we make our revenue by selling packaged versions of the distribution and by delivering services such as consulting, training, etc. -- but our development costs and community-based services are not yet covered by income. It is estimated that we will "break even" by the end of 2002, but it is unlikely that MandrakeSoft can remain unchanged during these next few months without drastically cutting costs unless additional revenue is generated quickly."

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