Linked by Kroc Camen on Tue 15th Jun 2010 20:37 UTC, submitted by E Herchemals
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris It seems that the previous news about Mandriva SA being for sale have been more than simple rumors. Frederic Cuif* (incorrectly unaccented due to limitations in our CMS), active member of the French-speaking Mandriva User Group has summed up the various outcomes and proposed projects he found after contacting several key members of the company in order to gather information. The result of his investigation can be found on his blog, along with a detailed analysis of the Mandriva business model and the proposed outcomes, from a renewed interest in the distribution and the community from Linagora, potential buyer, to what could be the end of the Mandriva adventure if nothing is done. (Thanks to everybody who submitted this)
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Open Source
by vivainio on Tue 15th Jun 2010 20:46 UTC
vivainio
Member since:
2008-12-26

What happens when an open source company goes bankrupt?

Regarding this:

The future of the employees seems to play no part inside, and [anger] is growing internally. The community is, too, listening and solution that does not adequately preserve its commitment to the distribution could cause a visceral reaction and lead to a fork to empty the company of its substance and fork Mandriva Linux.


Wouldn't it be easy for someone just hire these guys and create yet another linux distro from the open source parts of mandriva, just ejecting the copyrighted stuff like artwork?

Or perhas Canonical should hire them to take care of Kubuntu?

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RE: Open Source
by Kroc on Tue 15th Jun 2010 21:00 in reply to "Open Source"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

How do you pay to hire the people? Hemorrhaging money isn’t a business plan.

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RE[2]: Open Source
by umccullough on Tue 15th Jun 2010 21:09 in reply to "RE: Open Source"
umccullough Member since:
2006-01-26

How do you pay to hire the people? Hemorrhaging money isn’t a business plan.


Well, maybe if you need the tax writeoff ;)

Besides, not all businesses guarantee a profit - not-for-profit corporations can also have a business plan and the goal doesn't have to be "make money".

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v RE: Open Source
by Soulbender on Wed 16th Jun 2010 10:41 in reply to "Open Source"
RE[2]: Open Source
by WereCatf on Wed 16th Jun 2010 10:48 in reply to "RE: Open Source"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

No thanks, Kubuntu is already better than Madriva. I'd hate to see anything like drakconf in it.

Now I'm curious: what's wrong with drakconf?

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RE[2]: Open Source
by spiderman on Wed 16th Jun 2010 12:09 in reply to "RE: Open Source"
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23


No thanks, Kubuntu is already better than Madriva. I'd hate to see anything like drakconf in it.

If you had tried Mandriva, you would know that you can choose not to use drakconf. You can modify the underlying configuration files directly just like in kubuntu and it won't break anything. Drakconf can even work with your hand modified files.
Someone preferring Kubuntu over Mandriva, that is a first. Never heard that before. But I suspect you didn't try and don't know what you are talking about.

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RE[2]: Open Source
by DeadFishMan on Wed 16th Jun 2010 14:01 in reply to "RE: Open Source"
DeadFishMan Member since:
2006-01-09

"Or perhas Canonical should hire them to take care of Kubuntu?


No thanks, Kubuntu is already better than Madriva. I'd hate to see anything like drakconf in it.
"

BWAHAHAHAAHAH.... No, seriously... What? Is there anything really that Kubuntu excels at or that sets it apart from other distros other than the fact that it has got to be buggiest KDE distro in existence?

I am not trying to start a distro flame fest but if you really feel that Kubuntu is better than $INSERT_DISTRO you need serious help!

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RE: Open Source
by Bounty on Wed 16th Jun 2010 15:09 in reply to "Open Source"
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2006-09-18

Or perhas Canonical should hire them to take care of Kubuntu?


..... and by "take care of" I hope you mean putting it out of it's misery.

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RE: Open Source
by molnarcs on Wed 16th Jun 2010 15:18 in reply to "Open Source"
molnarcs Member since:
2005-09-10

They could take over the entire Kubuntu operation - Mandriva has the best KDE implementation (and I've tried OpenSuse, Fedore, Kubuntu) of the point-and-click distroes. At least for the past few releases it's been stable, fast and appealing. You'll see glowing reviews of their past few releases (including Mandriva/GNOME reviews - so they really seem to give equal love to both desktop environments).

No, actually I would be really sad to see Mandriva gone - I think it has built a good reputation in the past few years, problem is, they didn't take advantage of it. I believe poor marketing, confusing product lines, confusing website (it got better recently though) and the general lack of focus (they try to do EVERYTHING from servers to linux on a flash drive) all contributed to their current situation.

I know that every single year from 2000 was supposed to be the year of the linux desktop, but I believe now we are getting really closer to that. We have brand new devices coming to the consumer market, or sporting different UIs (from WebOS on HP tablets to Android and ChromeOS) - this will change people's perceptions. The PC=Microsoft WIndows has been ingrained deeply for over a decade, and that was the main hurdle for linux adoptation. The lack of knowledge that there is something outside the MS world on a consumer level, and the lack of know-how on the corporate level. By the latter I mean experience on the part of vendors to work with the community to provide solutions - many vendors tried to do integration work themselves resulting in a crappy experience (Dell, Asus, etc.). As far as I can tell, Linagora has experience in system integration, while mandriva has the tools and the community - I agree that this might be the best way forward to them.

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RE: Open Source
by KAMiKAZOW on Thu 17th Jun 2010 23:29 in reply to "Open Source"
KAMiKAZOW Member since:
2005-07-06

perhas Canonical should hire them to take care of Kubuntu?

Not only Kubuntu. Mandriva -- unlike Canonical -- has actual operating system (kernel, Xorg,...) developers.
If Canonical took over Mandriva (which I doubt, btw) Canonical could suddenly fix their own bugs instead of filing its bugs into Red Hat's bug tracker: http://airlied.livejournal.com/72817.html

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