Press Release: Major OEM agreement between Mandriva and HP in 37 Countries in Latin America

Posted by tadelste on Jan 18, 2006 6:33 AM EDT
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Hello, Mandriva today announced a new agreement with HP to distribute Mandriva Linux 2006 pre-loaded computers in 37 countries in Latin America. The deal confirms the momentum built by Mandriva in Latin America, following its acquisition of Conectiva, the number one publisher in this region. It further demonstrates Mandriva's position as a global player.

The full announcement is pasted hereafter and is also available on our website.

I'm at your disposal for any information. Best regards Kadjo N'Doua Communications Manager +33 1 40 41 67 67 press at mandriva dotcom

Press Release

Mandriva and HP launch new computers pre-loaded with Mandriva Linux 2006 in 37 Countries in Latin America

Mandriva selected by HP as "Preferred Linux Partner for Latin America"; Mandriva Linux 2006 optimized and certified for HP machines

January 18th - Mandriva, publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, today announced a new partnership with HP to distribute HP computers pre-loaded with Mandriva Linux 2006 to 37 countries in Latin America. As part of the agreement, Mandriva has been named the "Preferred Linux Partner for Latin America" and Mandriva Linux 2006 has been optimized and certified for HP machines. The companies will work together on sales, support and marketing in all Latin American territories, including Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

The partnership has already started to take effect. The first pre-loaded machines - one targeted to the consumer market and one for the enterprise - are shipping in Brazil. HP and Mandriva have been collaborating for several months to certify various system configurations and optimize performance, as well as expand language support. Technical support will be offered in both Spanish and Portuguese for all of Latin America.

"HP has worked successfully with Mandriva on several products in the past. This new agreement marks our continued confidence in Mandriva", said Sherry Elrod Manzano, Head of the Personal Solution Center Latin America for HP.

"Mandriva's partnership with a leading OEM like HP is a testament to the quality of the Mandriva Linux operating system," said François Bancilhon, Mandriva's CEO. "The new agreement for Latin America validates Mandriva's strategic investment in Brazil, through the acquisition of Conectiva. Latin America will be an area of growth for Mandriva moving forward."

About Mandriva Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, is the publisher of the popular Mandriva Linux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy to use Linux systems. The company offers its enterprise, government educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and Open Source software and related services. Mandriva products are available in more than 120 countries through dedicated channels and also from, the company's online store. "Born on the Internet" in late 1998, has offices in the United States, France and Brazil. Mandriva is traded on Paris Euronext Marché Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF). Press Contact: Kadjo N'Doua press at / + 33 1 40 41 67 67

About HP HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2005, HP revenue totaled $86.7 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at

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