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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Sad, but true...
by Jason Bourne on Tue 11th May 2010 21:33 UTC
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Makes me sad that Ubuntu is what it is mainly because Mark's money tap. However, I think we needed someone to do this, for Linux in general.

I just wished other distros wanted the mainstream too. A world where competition would boil down to a general refinement in Linux desktop.

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RE: Sad, but true...
by Rahul on Wed 12th May 2010 01:53 in reply to "Sad, but true..."
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Red Hat invests very heavily on desktop technologies way more than other vendors. However the traditional desktop market for Linux doesn't seem to be profitable for Red Hat or anyone else for that matter.

Red Hat and Novell are public companies and have to answer shareholder. Investing on a desktop product without a solid fairly short term plan to yield revenue would not fly very well with investors who are funding the company.

Canonical is a startup willing to take that risk in order to compete with established vendors and have that leeway because it is a private business funded by a very rich person. Even for Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth admits desktop is just a gateway to the other business areas he wants to profit from including the proprietary cloud services like UbuntuOne etc.

This doesn't seem mean one approach is better than others. It is just different ways of operating the commercial business. It is naive to believe that any investment, be it development or marketing is not focussed on the commercial viability of it.

Edited 2010-05-12 01:56 UTC

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