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Mandriva Targrets Corporations With Linux

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Mandriva, now the third-largest Linux distributor behind Red Hat and Novell, is pushing to move from its consumer and small-business market niches into the realm of enterprise IT.

Service fees from corporate customers accounted for 30 percent of Mandriva's US$5.5 million in revenue for the fiscal year that ended Oct. 31, up from 10 percent in the prior year. In September, NEC Computers International, a Netherlands-based unit of NEC, said it would bundle Mandriva Linux on the PCs and servers it sells in Europe.

And Mandriva CEO Francois Bancilhon said this month that the company will release Version 4.0 of its Corporate Server software by mid-2006, about 18 months after predecessor Mandrakesoft shipped the initial 3.0 release. He declined to comment about the upgrade's new features.

Paris-based Mandriva was formed earlier this year through the mergers of Mandrakesoft and two other Linux vendors: Brazil-based Conectiva and Lycoris.

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