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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RE[3]: Comment by emilsedgh
by fepede on Tue 11th May 2010 19:02 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by emilsedgh"
fepede
Member since:
2005-11-14

I know that. Im not saying who contributes more.
Red Hat contributes a lot. But the company never tries seriousely to get some desktop market share.


well, they stated clearly that they're not interested in the Desktop because they don't see any revenue opportunity in that market.

Or, at least, this was their position a few years ago. Apparently they haven't changed that much.

http://press.redhat.com/2008/04/16/whats-going-on-with-red-hat-desk...

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RE[4]: Comment by emilsedgh
by fanboi_fanboi on Wed 12th May 2010 14:15 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by emilsedgh"
fanboi_fanboi Member since:
2010-04-21

well, they stated clearly that they're not interested in the Desktop because they don't see any revenue opportunity in that market.


Which pretty much sums up: Linux is for servers, and will never have a strong desktop presence.

I couldn't agree more.

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RE[5]: Comment by emilsedgh
by SlackerJack on Wed 12th May 2010 14:39 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by emilsedgh"
SlackerJack Member since:
2005-11-12

Linux does have quiet a strong desktop presents. I call an estimated 20 million+ desktop users pretty strong. Linux also commands 35% of the Netbook market.

Linux just needs to break the OEM mould, which Microsoft have with an iron grip. Linux is successful in a lot of markets now and it's only a matter of time before it starts making in-rows into the desktop OEM market. The Smart phone and Netbook markets are good signs.

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