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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RE: Sad.
by spiderman on Mon 9th Jan 2012 18:35 UTC in reply to "Sad."
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What did Mandrake, and later, Mandriva, have that others didn't? I honestly don't know.

Mandriva has a lot of stuff that other distros don't have. The control centers and the tools for one thing. It is one of the few GNU distros that is desktop oriented and works to improve the desktop experience. It is based on Red Hat but it is not just a mod. They have a real development team and it is engineered, solid and stable. They have a marketing problem but they are doing a good job with the resource they have. They have a good balance between quality and marketing.

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