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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RE: Open Source
by molnarcs on Wed 16th Jun 2010 15:18 UTC in reply to "Open Source"
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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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