Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th May 2010 13:48 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris If there's one Linux company that has seen lots of ups and downs it's the Paris-based Mandriva S.A. They have a great distribution, but as a company, they've always been on shaky grounds. First a rumour, now confirmed: the company has put itself up for sale - which, as the community points out, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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RE[3]: Comment by emilsedgh
by Neolander on Tue 11th May 2010 21:50 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by emilsedgh"
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0? more like -1. The new unified titlebar thing will make every Linux application inconsistant. Gnome made some effort to be consistent since few release (after being the most inconsistent UI family of all modern OS). Now, back to square one, everybody can do what the hell they think about without restriction of forced HIG. On top of that, KDE will be affected by those exotic gnome apps invading the KDE space, braking KWin and most of the KDE good effort to be consistent since KDE4.0. Many of their "idea" are making things worst. Upstart and not following LSB -at all- is an other one, it is a sysadmin nightmare, they are bringing Linux to the inconsistency of Unix under and on top of the hood.

No, 0. I'd add
+1 for hardware support (especially when it comes to actually testing proprietary graphic drivers, instead of pushing buggy latest releases)
+1 for good repositories (stolen from debian but hey ! Does it really matter ?)
-1 for buggy releases
They contribute to the linux world by making a debian release that's actually usable by normal computer users without sysadmin help. That has some value.

For those looking for Mandriva alternatives, you might want to have a look at Pardus ( ). It's still a young project, but they're going forward at a fast pace and have a solid distro with good attention to details which matter (like first time in a while I see a good and integrated KDE 4 experience, and a lot of control center-like applets put in kde control center).

Edited 2010-05-11 21:58 UTC

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