The past few years have been a roller coaster ride for Paris-based Mandrakesoft, which filed for bankruptcy protection in January 2003, emerged in March 2004 with a nine-month plan to repay its creditors, thanks in part to the company’s first profitable quarter in the Q4 2003. Read the interview here. Elsewhere, a new version of the Mandrakelinux live CD, “Move”, has been released.
Mandrakesoft finds new roots; Mandrakesoft Move Released
Submitted by Chris Mind 2004-10-06 Mandriva, Mandrake, Lycoris 6 Comments
Visiting clients and overseas office, I’d have a hard time getting them to accept that I boot my completely own environment on their premises. And I don’t even think of using them in an internet cafe.
Does anyone really do use them as they are intended ?
They were conspicuously missing from the Linux Expo in London (Olympia) today. I was wondering why, since they are one of the few companies trading mainly or solely on desktop Linux. And they’ve got a new release out. Don’t they want to sell copies here?
10.1C is not up to much anyway (IMHO). It is a 3-CD download and the development software seems not to be on it, which they do not say on their website. If they had, I wouldn’t have bothered downloading it.
10.1CE actually consists of 5 CDs. The main development software is included on the main ISOs, indeed on the first three (you can install Mandrake’s entire “development” installation package group option with just three CDs), and anything beyond that is easily available from Mandrake mirror sites via the urpmi packaging utility. Your cited reasoning does not stand up, sir.
@dukeinlondon: I use live CDs (Move, Knoppix and Puppy Linux) a *lot* when troubleshooting people’s machines. Just the most recent example – my bf’s Windows machine got infected with a couple of particularly tenacious pieces of spyware that would run themselves as soon as Windows started up, were impossible to stop running (each spawned several processes which “protected” each other; as soon as you killed one, one of the others would launch it again) and couldn’t be deleted while they were running. ad-aware couldn’t shift them, neither could spybot. I’m sure there’s a Windows trick to fixing this, but not knowing it, I just slapped my MandrakeMove CD in, rebooted, and wiped them off the disk. problem solved, time for a drink…:)
is there serial ata support, in particular for tej silicon integrated si3512A controller? i say this because 10.0 was *supposed* to have support but didn’t. in fact in the install you could get 10.0 official to at least recognise the sata drives by uing the Alt-f2 at the right moment to modrobe sata_sil at the right moment and sometimes this lockedthe machine (i’ve always found insmod and rmmod to be particularly broken on linux) and somtimes the installer would retry the harddrive locator and it would work… but then the installed syste, wouldn’t boot!
is 10.1 any better? suse 9.1 worked, as did simplyMepis 2004.1 but with “noacpi” (whatever that does?)
Yes, I do. And most people like the fact that I don’t have to touch their harddrive and install a bunch of apps they don’t need.
But the best part of live cds in my opinion is that I can give them to people who are curious about linux but don’t want to/have the knowledge to install it.
I’m writing this on 10.1 CE from a machine whose sole hard drive is on a Silicon Image SATA controller, so yes, it works . Nothing special needed, the 10.1 install picked it up with no problems. Haven’t tried Move yet, but I’d be surprised if it didn’t work there too.