Clic is a collaborative project of partners including software and services firms MandrakeSoft and Bull and a Paris research laboratory.
Released free under the General Public Licence, Clic is designed to allow users to connect together low-cost PCs to handle the kind of complex computational tasks usually tackled by expensive supercomputers.
The initial Clic release has been tested on 20- and 40-dual AMD processor clusters at the LPM2C physics research centre in France. Support for Intel's Itanium 2 processors is scheduled for availability in 2003.
The Clic software is available at http://clic.mandrakesoft.com/index-en.html
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The past few years have been a roller coaster ride for Paris-based Mandrakesoft, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2003, emerged in March 2004 with a nine-month plan to repay its creditors, thanks in part to the company's first profitable quarter in the Q4 2003.
Since then, the company has restructured its business to focus on Linux, slashed costs, simplified its business structure and developed some high-margin revenue lines.
In this exclusive interview, Mandrakesoft co-founder Gael Duval speaks with SearchEnterpriseLinux.com about successfully emerging from bankruptcy protection, the latest happenings in Linux and the direction he hopes to take the company.