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[2]: Good News
by sbergman27 on Wed 11th Jan 2012 23:32 UTC in reply to "RE: Good News"
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Hmm... this should be valid it it was one of the thousands spin-off distro's from Ubuntu/Debian.

People do like to take pot-shots at the successful, don't they?

In fact this is one of the core distro's

Yep. Like Puppy and Damn Small.

If Mageia will take over this role remains to be seen.

We'll see. Mageia removes the albatross which has hung from the neck of Mandrake from the beginning: Excessive overhead and pointy-haired bosses. Remember, they were born of the dot com bubble in 1998. They were going to do an IPO, like Red Hat. They were going to rocket to success doing... E-Learning? (Actually, the "" effort was my favorite dot bomb effort. But even that had a better chance than Mandrake and E-Learning.) That's what led directly to their very first bankruptcy. (Do not pass 'GO'. Do not collect $200.)

Sure - the company itself was never very strong

That's an understatement.

but that has nothing to do with the distro itself.

And now Mandrake/Mageia will be able to compete on an equal footing with the other non-commercial distros. They will either sink or swim. Actually, it might be more accurate to say that they will either resurface or not. Mandriva's albatross has already carried the distro to the bottom.

In the event of an emergency, even chapter 7 can be used as a floatation device.

Optimism, my friend! Optimism! ;-)


P.S. Mandrake originated from the Red Hat 5 series and not Fedora. Arg! The Glibc transition! I'll never forget it! Imagine your libc being binary incompatible with all extant binaries!

Edited 2012-01-11 23:46 UTC

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