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[2]: Sad fate
by Barnabyh on Wed 16th Jun 2010 21:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Sad fate"
Barnabyh
Member since:
2006-02-06

Slackware? Arch? ;)

Me started with Mandrake too in 1998 (actually with Corel Linux but only briefly) but found I learned a lot more when progressing to other distros.

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RE[3]: Sad fate
by WereCatf on Wed 16th Jun 2010 22:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad fate"
WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

Slackware? Arch?

I haven't tried either of those, could give a whirl to them. But I have this image that they're a tad more high-maintenance distros than f.ex. Mandriva, and after having used Gentoo for years before I moved to Mandriva I am not really interested in high-maintenance anymore :/

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RE[4]: Sad fate
by artworx on Thu 17th Jun 2010 15:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad fate"
artworx Member since:
2008-07-21

Mandriva was the second distro i used after getting into Linux and i really enjoyed the experience.

But now i feel that its lost its appeal. I to am a Gentoo user, still holding onto it on one of my machines. The other two run Ubuntu.

I sometimes try Mandriva when a new release pops up, but i never keep it much. The reason for that is simple: you have limited configuration options(compared to gentoo) and it lacks the polish and the community of Ubuntu.

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RE[4]: Sad fate
by Barnabyh on Fri 18th Jun 2010 12:03 in reply to "RE[3]: Sad fate"
Barnabyh Member since:
2006-02-06

I haven't tried either of those, could give a whirl to them. But I have this image that they're a tad more high-maintenance distros than f.ex. Mandriva, and after having used Gentoo for years before I moved to Mandriva I am not really interested in high-maintenance anymore :/


Arch is rolling release and there are plenty of updates every few days and some breakage on occasion. That said you don't have to apply them but may get problems updating later if you stay too far behind. Seems similar to Gentoo to me but you don't compile everything, so it's probably a bit less work.

Slackware is a lot more stable in terms of maintenance and updates once you have set it up. You only get the few security updates from the repo, and contrary to perception you don't have to dl and install them 'manually', slackpkg or slapt-get can do that for you when the repositories have been set up.
Then it's only a matter of keeping track of the few packages you installed yourself. For me that's Virtualbox and codecs that don't really change much. These days Slackware even comes with mplayer.

Or for an easier start SalixOS, which is a trimmed down but original Slackware at heart, with codecs and a few extra tools to manage users and locales and other stuff, something you will appreciate being used to Drakconf, although of course it's not on the same scale.
I did a brief review a while ago, you can find it here
http://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20100301 .

One can also use Salix repositories with Slackware to get stuff like vlc or limewire. Their repos support dependency resolution.

//End of advert//

Cheers.

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