Mandriva & Intel Showcase the Intel-powered classmate PC at the KDE Developers Conference

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Mandriva & Intel Showcase the Intel-powered classmate PC at the KDE Developers Conference

(Excerpt from press release)

Paris, July 20th, 2007 – Mandriva & Intel presented and demonstrated the Intel-powered
classmatePC to KDE developers at the aKademy 2007 conference in
Glasgow, Scotland.

Intel’s Latin America Linux Strategic Program Manager Sulamita Garcia
and Mandriva’s KDE developer Helio de Castro were participating at
aKademy 2007, KDE’s annual meeting of the KDE community, demonstrating
the flexibility and the specialized educational interface of Mandriva
Linux on the Intel-powered classmate PC in the „Edu and School“
presentation sessions.

Sulamita is responsible for creating and maintaining the Latin America
Linux strategy that takes into account all aspects of the Linux
environment, including key elements around the community, government,
standards, and vendors. Helio de Castro, KDE developer at Mandriva, was
also on stage at aKademy to detail the developments of the Mandriva
Linux image designed for the classmate PC.

Helio has been involved with the classmate PC since its early stages
of development with Mandriva. He has described the challenges of
determining OEM requirements and how to fulfill those requirements
with a Linux/KDE pre-loads, using Mandriva as a sample platform.

Intel-powered classmate PCs are small, mobile education-oriented PC to
be used in classrooms in emerging markets. The fully-functional PC is
designed to provide affordable, collaborative learning environments
for students K-12 and their teachers. The Intel-powered classmate PC
is part of the Intel World Ahead Program to tap the combined power of
technology, curriculum and teachers to improve education in developing

„Intel recognizes the importance of Linux in education and is
therefore working with multiple Linux vendors, like Mandriva, to
provide the choice of Linux on Intel-powered classmate PC,“ said
Justin Lipman, Staff Architect at Intel.

Sebastian Kuegler, KDE e.V. Board Member, acknowledged: „The
Intel-powered classmate PC underscores one of KDE’s core strengths:
Educational Software. At this year’s KDE World Summit ‚aKademy,‘ the
Edu & School Day manifests KDE’s commitment to continue creating the
world’s most comprehensive suite of educational software. The KDE
community is thrilled to work together with Intel and Mandriva in
making the Intel-powered classmate PC a success.“

„We have tuned Mandriva Linux to run on the classmate PC following
Intel’s requirements for the education market. In particular, we have
provided a simplified menu interface that is particularly appealing to
young and new computer users. This simplified interface is another
result of Mandriva’s OEM task force, to provide adapted,
quick-to-market solutions to our partners,“ explained Helio de Castro.

„The classmate PC features a 1GB NAND-Flash. Our Mandriva Linux image
for OEMs benefits from our Flash mobile technology, which is the same
technology you can find in Mandriva Flash, the popular Linux key.
Mandriva Flash is enhanced to benefit from faster application load
times using compressed modular software stacks and prevents NAND
support from wearing out with a Flash-optimized filesystem,“ added
David Barth, Mandriva VP of Engineering.

More information about the classmate PC hardware and the overall initiative