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.
Thread beginning with comment 502628
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE: Sad.
by spiderman on Mon 9th Jan 2012 18:35 UTC in reply to "Sad."
spiderman
Member since:
2008-10-23

What did Mandrake, and later, Mandriva, have that others didn't? I honestly don't know.

Mandriva has a lot of stuff that other distros don't have. The control centers and the tools for one thing. It is one of the few GNU distros that is desktop oriented and works to improve the desktop experience. It is based on Red Hat but it is not just a mod. They have a real development team and it is engineered, solid and stable. They have a marketing problem but they are doing a good job with the resource they have. They have a good balance between quality and marketing.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[2]: Sad.
by Adurbe on Mon 9th Jan 2012 18:55 in reply to "RE: Sad."
Adurbe Member since:
2005-07-06

but few paying customers...

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[3]: Sad.
by spiderman on Mon 9th Jan 2012 19:03 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad."
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

Yep, this is the sad part. Mandriva is a good community citizen. They contribute a lot of stuff back upstream and they are among the few that care about the desktop. Ubuntu doesn't care about the desktop anymore and they don't contribute anyway.
If we loose Mandriva, then all distros will loose something. It would be a pity, especially in that scenario where the main looser (the minority shareholder blocking the deal) is so shortsighted. They have everything to win by not blocking this deal. Mandriva is almost breaking heaven. It is breaking even in Brazil and they have a solid plan for the future. It's better to own 10% of a company that has value than own 42% of a nothing company that you let die. It's a very stupid move on their part.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE[2]: Sad.
by cmchittom on Mon 9th Jan 2012 20:15 in reply to "RE: Sad."
cmchittom Member since:
2011-03-18

It is one of the few GNU distros that is desktop oriented


Uh, what? In the first place, DistroWatch lists no less that 181 distributions as "Desktop."[1] In the second place, what is a "GNU distro"? As far as I'm aware the only thing that fits that description is the Hurd. (Yes, Linux distributions contain lots of important GNU tools, and in a technical/legal sense I suppose that makes them GNU distributions as well. But that wasn't the question.)

and works to improve the desktop experience.


Which means what, exactly? (The answer to that might answer my original question.)

[1] http://distrowatch.com/search.php?ostype=All&category=Desktop&origi...

Reply Parent Score: 1

RE[3]: Sad.
by spiderman on Mon 9th Jan 2012 21:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Sad."
spiderman Member since:
2008-10-23

And what is a linux distro? I call it a GNU distro because GNU can compile itself, whereas Linux can not. But whatever. This is an endless debate and I do not want to dive into it again.

Reply Parent Score: 2