Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 15th Jun 2010 20:37 UTC, submitted by E Herchemals
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris It seems that the previous news about Mandriva SA being for sale have been more than simple rumors. Frederic Cuif* (incorrectly unaccented due to limitations in our CMS), active member of the French-speaking Mandriva User Group has summed up the various outcomes and proposed projects he found after contacting several key members of the company in order to gather information. The result of his investigation can be found on his blog, along with a detailed analysis of the Mandriva business model and the proposed outcomes, from a renewed interest in the distribution and the community from Linagora, potential buyer, to what could be the end of the Mandriva adventure if nothing is done. (Thanks to everybody who submitted this)
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Mandriva has no real niche
by jokkel on Wed 16th Jun 2010 01:04 UTC
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The problem for Mandriva is, it doesn't really have a niche where it fits. It tries to be everything for everybody and in the end isn't that great for anybody. It had its time, but the good times have been over for several years now. Whenever I tried Mandriva during the last three years, I was disappointed. Too buggy and unpolished compared to the other big commercial players: Ubuntu/Canonical, (Open)Suse/Novell and RedHat.

I also have the feeling, that the community isn't that great anymore. I haven't checked in a while, but documentation was organized very confusingly for a long time.

Maybe Novell or RedHat might buy them for their customer list.

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