Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th May 2010 13:48 UTC
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris If there's one Linux company that has seen lots of ups and downs it's the Paris-based Mandriva S.A. They have a great distribution, but as a company, they've always been on shaky grounds. First a rumour, now confirmed: the company has put itself up for sale - which, as the community points out, isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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No surprise
by SlackerJack on Tue 11th May 2010 16:42 UTC
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2005-11-12

Just like all the other Linux distro's. Novell have only just broken even on their Linux business.

Unless such Linux based companies secure long-term revenue, they're going to have problems. Canonical might as well because their support and music store money isn't going to do it, since they're relying on Mark to keep them afloat.

Linux distros companies need to start making proper in-rows in such markets like Redhat have, whether that be server, desktop or enterprise and secure a long-term revenue stream from OEMs.

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RE: No surprise
by segedunum on Tue 11th May 2010 18:52 in reply to "No surprise"
segedunum Member since:
2005-07-06

Just like all the other Linux distro's. Novell have only just broken even on their Linux business.

They've done that by redefining certain parts of their business as 'open source' or 'open solutions', and even then it's not enough to replace the Netware revenue they're losing.

Everyone apart from Red Hat has a less than secure looking future.

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