Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2012 13:30 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Somewhere in 2001, I bought a computer magazine which came with a Linux CD. I had heard of Linux before, but while we did have broadband back then and was technically capable of downloading a Linux distribution, this method was far easier. This was my first foray into Linux - it was Mandrake. Now, though, it seems the curtain has really dropped for the French Linux company.
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by cmchittom on Mon 9th Jan 2012 14:36 UTC
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A little sad, but only a little. I last used it over ten years ago (when it was still Mandrake), and then only briefly—it just didn't seem to add that much over other distributions (notably, Debian: at the time, apt-get was head and shoulders above any other package manager. But then, I was never really a KDE guy: even on Mandrake, I installed GNOME).

That's the problem with most Linux distributions, actually. If the only difference between ABC Linux and XYZ Linux is that one has KDE and the other, GNOME, but I can install either on either, why should I bother to switch? Ubuntu's differentiation is simple: marketing. Debian's is that it's Free Software (and runs on some architectures nobody else does). Slackware is BSD-like. Et cetera. What did Mandrake, and later, Mandriva, have that others didn't? I honestly don't know.

Mandrake does live on in a small way: when I worked at an ISP, my boss found out I used Linux and asked me to write up instructions on how to connect to their service using it, so I did; and it's still online, though long out of date, of course: Despite the references to Red Hat, the screenshots were actually taken on Mandrake—the boss felt more people would know about Red Hat. (And X-ISP was used because the boss insisted on using a GUI tool.)

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