Nexedi and Mandrakesoft announce a revolution in Linux Desktop: rentalinux Desktop Linux Server

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June, 15th 2004 – Nexedi and Mandrakesoft announce a revolution in

Linux Desktop: rentalinux Desktop Linux Server. For the first time,
organisations can benefit from the power of Mandrakelinux Desktop with
no investment, no software installation and no changes to existing
hardware or network. „rentalinux Desktop Linux Server“ is a full
featured turnkey solution which provides the power of 500+
Mandrakelinux Desktop applications to legacy PCs, Macintosh, Unix
Workstations or to thin clients. Nexedi rentalinux Desktop Linux
Server solution combines server hardware rental, software setup,
custom configuration, support and maintenance service in a single
package which makes it the easiest, least intrusive and most effective
way to provide Linux Desktop applications for small to medium-sized
networks. rentalinux service is available immediately in the European
Union for a flat rate of 95 EUR / month and is expected to become
available in the United States and Japan by the end of 2004.

Jean-Paul Smets, CEO of Nexedi explains: „small and medium
organisations have been asking us for a Mandrakelinux Desktop which
could become instantly available to all existing PCs or Macintosh and
would require no technical skill to setup. After one year of research
and development, we are now proud to introduce a proven solution which
fully meets their requirements.“

François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft, adds: „we have partnered with
Nexedi rentalinux to provide small and medium organisations with a new
kind of packaged Mandrakelinux enterprise services at a reasonable
cost. rentalinux provides instant turn-key solutions with no hidden
costs: hardware is provided, customer specific system configuration
service is included, assistance and support too. It is compatible with
legacy systems and there are no transition costs.“

Yoshinori Okuji, Director of R&D at Nexedi, points out that
„rentalinux Desktop Linux Server is implemented with umibuilder custom
distribution technology and published under Libre Software licenses.
Users with technical skills can also benefit, at no cost, from
rentalinux technology. We expect rentalinux Desktop Linux Server to
also grow as a custom thin client server solution based on Mandrakelinux.“

„Our Desktop Linux Server is also a great solution to implement cost
efficient Linux Desktop“, says Jean-Paul Smets, „together with thin
client hardware, 75% cost savings and 90% energy savings can be
obtained compared to traditional proprietary desktop solutions.“

For Jean-Paul Smets, „rentalinux fills the gap between a conservative
approach to Desktop solutions based on proprietary software and a
complete migration to Mandrakelinux Desktop by early adopters.“ „With
rentalinux, every organisation can immediately adopt Mandrakelinux
desktop as a cost saving complement to legacy systems and later
migrate at its own pace to a full Mandrakelinux Desktop solution.“
concludes François Bancilhon.

Additional information about rentalinux can be found here.

Nexedi rentalinux