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[5]: Comment by emilsedgh
by segedunum on Thu 13th May 2010 01:10 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by emilsedgh"
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Yes. It does shout ignorance. He said Ubuntu works on marketing. Marketing is one aspect of the whole thing.

Ubuntu started shipping free CDs. That is the extent to which their marketing went and that's what kickstarted their DistroWatch popularity. Nothing more.

Everyone knows there are other distros. Nothing special. Yeah. I have tried all major *desktop* distros. Before I jumped to Ubuntu, there was Fedora and OpenSuse, both backed by big companies and none of them tried to convert people to Linux. All they did was snatching users from one camp to another.

You can repeat that as many times as you want but the fact is that Ubuntu is doing absolutely nothing that other distributions aren't doing either technically or organisationally. If you can point out what those things are then fine, but you won't be able to because these conversations have been had before. The extent of Ubuntu's differences is switching the window controls around.

Oh, and that 'convert people to Linux' statement is utter undefinable crap.

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