Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 19th Sep 2010 21:18 UTC, submitted by gireesh
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris It's been a troubling couple of weeks for Mandriva, but I decided not to report on it since I found it hard to unravel the events leading up to all this. Now, though, the story has come to its (logical) conclusion: now that most of Mandriva's employees have been laid off, they came together and forked Mandriva. Enter Mageia.
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RE[2]: Argh, so unfair...
by danieldk on Mon 20th Sep 2010 09:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Argh, so unfair..."
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Yes they were. I remember being at a trade show (HCC Dagen for Dutch people) ~2000. I was there working at a stand of a Dutch software vendor/distributor. Mandrake flew in some person to sell their product at the same stand. The person was obviously overpaid, knew nothing about their product, and was more concerned about making foreign phone calls (which were expensive in the days).

The suits were brought into Mandrake to early, and they seemed to be mostly concerned with burning cash and doing suit-stuff. They didn't care about the Mandrake community, or too much about the technical side of the distribution.

Red Hat on the other hand, has been governed by enthusiasts for a long time. Sure, they were business people, but they loved the company and the product. And it shows. E.g., when they buy out a company, they are usually quick to opensource the 'intellectual property' and build a community around it. They know that open source software forms the genes of the company, and act according to that.

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