Mandriva (Linux): we're almost gone, but not today

Mandriva S.A., the publicly-traded French company which developed the famed Linux distro with the same name, is fighting for its survival: money is shrinking and the shareholders are battling to find a solution out of the financial cul de sac they have put themselves in.

Mandriva Linux started facing a pretty troubled phase of its life when the most part of the distro developers were forced, almost one year and half ago, to fork the project into Mageia Linux. Mandriva laid off the coders while liquidating its subsidiary Edge-IT, in an effort to find new investors willing to further support the company.

Since September 2010, Mandriva S.A. announced and then withdrew vague external bids to invest into the company and possible declarations of bankruptcy, while trying to secure enough money to stay operational another couple of weeks or so.

Now comes the word from Chief Operating Officer Jean-Manuel Croset that “a recapitalization has been approved and will be fulfilled in 10 days”, which means that the company has secured more funds to continue working on Mandriva Linux code while seeking a way out its perpetual crisis.

Mandriva is seemingly searching for a new direction for its Linux distro to choose between a community-driven desktop distribution model or a more enterprise-oriented model like the Red Hat and Fedora ones, and Croset states that the company’s “strategy review” will be now finalized and “the corresponding decisions taken mid of May”.

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Used it way back when it was called "Mandrake" Linux. It's basically RedHat with Mandriva's UI tools like "RPMDrake". I didn't think they'd do well for very long, to be selling a commercial product, I don't think I've ever seen a commercial, and there haven't been any really clear reasons to use Mandriva over other distros.

I remember buying mandrake 7.2 at walmart came with 4cds of apps..... Was amazing distro but 8.x and upwards things started to get buggy

Back when it was Linux Mandrake, it was one of the very innovative distros. Even after acquiring Connectiva, it was a good distro.

I remember using this Destro and then getting put off by the "buy the extra" features adds all over it... Today i am using Linux Mint (heavily customised) because i don't like unity that comes with ubunto (i know you can run it in gnome...) but mint just comes packed with everything perfect for me.

I use to use Mandrake Linux many years ago it was a good distro back then. If I remember correctly it was an off shoot of Red Hat at the time. I went onto Gentoo after that.

MS Lose32 said,
Fedora and Ubuntu are where it's at!

Ubuntu is where it's at, if you know NOTHING about Linux, is all!

bryonhowley said,
I use to use Mandrake Linux many years ago it was a good distro back then. If I remember correctly it was an off shoot of Red Hat at the time. I went onto Gentoo after that.

Yep,
Did the same thing myself also.

cork1958 said,
Ubuntu is where it's at, if you know NOTHING about Linux, is all!

So a user friendly OS approach determines a persons Linux knowledge? Go back to your cave please.

I really liked their 2010 releases...but 2011 versions were horrid. Stuff simply would not run correctly with the exact same hardware I ran with 2010. Coincidence they are going under? Stuff kinda sucks now.

MidnightDevil said,
Well, they had a good run. It was the first distro I used when it was called mandrake, back in... 2001 I guess... ?

I used to play with Mandrake too, I think it was the first linux distro I tried, it was on the front of a PC magazine.

MidnightDevil said,
Well, they had a good run. It was the first distro I used when it was called mandrake, back in... 2001 I guess... ?

Popped my Linux cherry with Mandrake too. Sad to see it's gone downhill so far in recent years

Mandriva always was a pretty awful distribution, no-one uses it, and you can't really sell something that no-one uses, even when there's a botch job of a free version too.