Welcome!

Open Source Authors: Liz McMillan, Dana Gardner, Sandi Mappic, Bob Gourley, Michael Bushong

Related Topics: Open Source

Open Source: Article

Mandrakesoft Back in the Black

Mandrakesoft Back in the Black

Mandrakesoft returned to profitability in its fiscal year ended September 30.

The French Linux house earned $1.85 million, or 39 cents a share, on sales of $6.88 million. The year before, it lost $2.64 million on sales of $5.18 million.

Revenues rose 49% year-over-year in the second half compared to a 21% increase in the first half.

Mandrakesoft said its gross margin hit 49% to $5.82 million, increasing as a proportion of sales from 75% to 85% year-over-year. It attributed the improvement to online sales, licensing and Mandrakelinux Users Club subscriptions.

These lines accounted for 77% of its revenues. Retail sales represented 15% and professional services including support, training and consulting the rest.

As of late September, Mandrakesoft had $3.45 million in cash providing it a cushion for growth. It intends to develop its enterprise offerings as well as new lines of professional services.

It acquired services house Edge-IT in a stock deal on October 4.

More Stories By Maureen O'Gara

Maureen O'Gara the most read technology reporter for the past 20 years, is the Cloud Computing and Virtualization News Desk editor of SYS-CON Media. She is the publisher of famous "Billygrams" and the editor-in-chief of "Client/Server News" for more than a decade. One of the most respected technology reporters in the business, Maureen can be reached by email at maureen(at)sys-con.com or paperboy(at)g2news.com, and by phone at 516 759-7025. Twitter: @MaureenOGara

Comments (2) View Comments

Share your thoughts on this story.

Add your comment
You must be signed in to add a comment. Sign-in | Register

In accordance with our Comment Policy, we encourage comments that are on topic, relevant and to-the-point. We will remove comments that include profanity, personal attacks, racial slurs, threats of violence, or other inappropriate material that violates our Terms and Conditions, and will block users who make repeated violations. We ask all readers to expect diversity of opinion and to treat one another with dignity and respect.


Most Recent Comments
aRTee 12/04/04 06:53:05 AM EST

Actually that was a kernel 2.6 problem and along with Mandrake, SUSE and FC (and likely quite a few other distributions) suffered that issue.

It has now been resolved, and there is no need to make the link with Mandrake alone.

Do a simple websearch and you will find lots of info on how to circumvent this issue and also fix resulting problems.

BTW I have installed Mdk10.1CE on an XP laptop with 1 large ntfs partition - no problem in resizing (after defragging the drive so that there would be enough space) installing and then dualbooting.

SeanCalloway 12/04/04 06:50:42 AM EST

I don't know if anyone else has experienced this or not, but Mandrake 10 screwed up my partition table. It didn't even recognize 20 of the 60 GB in my drive. Since then I haven't used Mandrake. Anyone else have a problem like this before?