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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Me and Mandakiva
by fretinator on Mon 9th Jan 2012 21:10 UTC
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I think my experience is a good barometer of the overall Mandrake/Mandriva experience.

I first obtained Mandrake Linux with a book around 1998. It was easy to install and use. Prior to that I had used Redhat and Slackware. I stayed with it as my main distro for many years, and used it at work on the Linux servers - firewall, http, etc. When it veered towards bankruptcy, I even ponies up to be a member of the Mandrake club for an annual fee. I also purchased many boxed sets over the years.

However, near the time when Ubuntu was on the ascendancy, Mandriva (as renamed) starting faltering in a large way. Gael was there no more. The released became very fragile (9, 10). I remember one release where the update program didn't work, and remained broken for months. Yikes!

In latter part of the 'Oughts' (2000-2009), I switched to Ubuntu. Everything worked, upgrades were fairly stable. I had also spent a fair amount of time with Debian for older laptops, and really like apt.

Every so often I still download an ISO of Mandriva - in fact I may still have an active subscription for the Powerpack versions. I better download one quick before they disappear. However, I never stick with a Mandriva release for long. Too many clunky features.

Sadly, it is probably time to shutter the doors. I do wish Mageia well. I have played with it a few times, but the stability is quite there yet for me to use it full time.

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