Mandriva Linux selected as "Product of the Year 2007" at the Russian Softool event

Mandriva has been selected as 'Product of the Year 2007' in the Linux category at the Softool exhibition in Moscow. The 'Product of the Year 2007' competition was held by the department of information technologies and computing systems of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Federal Agency of Information Technologies, the publishing house SK Press, and IT-expo.

The winners were determined by an council of experts headed by Sergey Abramov, Corresponding Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Director of the Institute of Programming Systems. All software
products were judged by different criteria such as the demand for the product in the market, existence of similar Russian and foreign products, comparison of the features of the product, press coverage
during the last year, compliance of software product to Russian and international standards and so on.

The high quality of Mandriva products was also confirmed by Russian customers, partners and computing press. A number of IT magazines in Russia published reviews of Mandriva Linux during 2007. Mandriva
Linux was also chosen by a large number of companies in Russia. Mandriva has customers in all regions of Russia, in areas from the public sector through the entertainment industry and the financial sector to the oil industry.

Many educational organizations have also showed great interest in Mandriva Linux. Mandriva's special Academy license allows an educational institution to install Mandriva Linux on any and all of
its computers, and on the personal computers of the teachers and students. A large range of schools, colleges and universities use Mandriva Linux, such as Udmurtia Teachers University and the Perm
state technical university.

Mandriva Linux will also soon be certified by the Federal Service of Export and Technical Control, allowing public sector agencies and organizations dealing with confidential information to use Mandriva Linux.