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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I do. Are you trolling or what?

Wouldn't think of it. Actually, I'm testing a global configuration of adblock+, and dropped by here because I recalled that OSNews has lots of ads. And noticed this story.

I don't think I've seen the word "Mandriva" anywhere else in months. A quick check of Google Trends and Distrowatch (flawed as those metrics may be) don't paint a picture of many people caring about it. It's been falling steadily and yearly since in interest on Distrowatch since 2004.

And Look how it compares with even "little known" distros on Google Trends:

Read the comments.

I have. The story has been up for 1.25 days, and has a paltry 40 comments. (9 of them from you.) And this on a site where a slight change in Fedora's release schedule is likely to draw hundreds of comments.

And the comments here tend to fall into the general category of "I remember, back in the day, Mandrake was..."

I mainly remember them as that distro that summarily fired its founder for reasons which were unclear.

And let's face it. The *only* time Mandriva gets into the news any more is when they're going bankrupt again. So it doesn't appear that that have many customers who care.

Are you a customer? Or do you use if for free?

I'll admit that for a team that doesn't seem to have many fans, you make a good cheer-leading section.


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