Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 9th Jan 2012 13:30 UTC, submitted by davidiwharper
Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris Somewhere in 2001, I bought a computer magazine which came with a Linux CD. I had heard of Linux before, but while we did have broadband back then and was technically capable of downloading a Linux distribution, this method was far easier. This was my first foray into Linux - it was Mandrake. Now, though, it seems the curtain has really dropped for the French Linux company.
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RE: Mandriva user here
by Sodki on Mon 9th Jan 2012 15:03 UTC in reply to "Mandriva user here"
Sodki
Member since:
2005-11-10

Thom, I use Mandriva, now, in 2012.


If you don't mind me asking, why do you use Mandriva instead of Mageia? As far as I know the main developers left and founded Mageia. Mageia is supposed to be the true sucessor of Mandrake/Mandriva. I'm just curious and maybe you can shed a bit more more light on the issue.

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RE[2]: Mandriva user here
by spiderman on Mon 9th Jan 2012 18:48 in reply to "RE: Mandriva user here"
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2008-10-23

It doesn't make so much difference as of now. The main difference is systemd instead of sysvinit. Mandriva is a little more up to date but they dropped support for other desktops, which is a very good move in my opinion. I never got why each distro tries to support every DE. The only difference between them being the package manager. Mandriva is not just a package manager. There are a set of tools that integrate will with the desktop and the user experience. It gives the distro an identity. It makes no sense to customize other DEs. Better make another distro. This is why you get Kubuntu and Xubuntu.
Anyway, back to the main point, I'll switch in the future if there is any good reason to do so. I don't regret not switching to PCLinuxOS when it got the hype. Currently, Mageia gets some hype but I'll wait and see what they put together. Mageia 2 has been delayed. It looks good but I don't think it is such an improvement over Mandriva as of now. I have high hope for the future though.

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RE[2]: Mandriva user here
by cjcoats on Tue 10th Jan 2012 14:13 in reply to "RE: Mandriva user here"
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2006-04-16

Mageia doesn't seem to have "gfortran". Show-stopper for an environmental modeler.

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