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Mandriva: Linux Market Should Make Room

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Is there room for three in the Linux corporate market?

Red Hat and Novell have become de facto standards in the commercial world. Yet one longtime Linux distributor is betting that corporate customers won’t settle for a two-horse race.

Paris-based Mandriva, formerly known as Mandrakesoft, last week unveiled global partnerships with Intel and Hewlett-Packard and plans for a major corporate push based on its Mandriva 2006 product line, complete with corporate server and a new SMB bundle.

Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon last week said his company tanked after the dot-com bubble burst but is staging a comeback based on its new product line and acquisitions of Linux distributor Conectiva in Brazil and assets from U.S. Linux desktop publisher Lycoris. “We’re back in black,” he said.

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