"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