NEC to develop Linux offering with Mandriva

NEC Computers International (CI) has announced a strategic partnership with European Linux publisher Mandriva.

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By  Andy Tillett Published  October 3, 2005

NEC Computers International (CI) has announced a strategic partnership with European Linux publisher Mandriva. The two companies will now develop joint solutions with NEC providing its computing hardware: servers, desktops and notebooks and Mandriva supplying its Linux solutions. The result will be a program addressing the needs of the corporate, education and public markets. “Thanks to this partnership, Mandriva's customers will have access to a larger range of certified hardware for their infrastructure. Certification is key for broadened customer adoption, as it brings further assurance on the quality of products,” said François Bancilhon, CEO at Mandriva. “This marks our first partnership with NEC CI, and we are thrilled to be teaming up with such a leading manufacturer.” This is the first Linux offering that NEC CI has brought to its customers. Mandriva and NEC will address the private and public markets through building specific operating system solutions. Additionally, on a case by case basis, NEC and Mandriva have agreed to work closely together to create a unique program for the education segment. “Our customers are used to benefiting from turn-key tailor-made solutions with us. We are therefore broadening our portfolio of available operating systems. Mandriva Linux is a reference product in today's open source market and we are confident in the competitiveness of our combined solutions,” explains Jean-Claude Tagger, senior vice president at NEC CI, Europe Middle East and Africa.

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