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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by Adurbe on Wed 12th May 2010 19:10 UTC
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Mandrake (it will always be mandrake to me, no matter how many times I am corrected) was the first distro I REALLY tried.

It was a distro aimed at ease of use and the consumer market while redhat was still aimed at business and only business. This showed in how it was in day to day life.

I will be interesting where the new company takes the product. At the end of the day, home users do not contribute the revenue.... To make money (read big money) you have to target business and gov as well.

I wonder, if it ends up with the london firm, if they have an eye on selling it to councils and UK gov institutions. The product itself is known and stable, easy to use and a possible winner under the Tories'* 'digital manifesto'** where they are proposing;

"We will create a level playing field for open source IT by implementing open standards across government IT systems"

*Tories are the newly elected biggest party in the UK

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