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Mandriva 2007 Review

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Was it because of a bad strategy? Was its release cycle too long? Was it the controversy over Gael Duval being fired? Or was it just the lack of quality in its latest releases? Whatever it was, it disappointed a lot of people. The once most popular Linux distribution had now fallen far behind the leading Ubuntu, Fedora and Suse. A lot of its users were moving towards PCLinuxOS.

Mandriva 2006 started to look obsolete after Fedora Core 5, Ubuntu 6.06 and Suse 10.1 had been released. With Fedora Core 6, Ubuntu 6.10 and Suse 10.2 planned before the end of the year, and with only one release a year, Mandriva 2007 had to get it right! If Mandriva ever wanted to get their popularity back, this was the one and only opportunity.

By the past, the French company proved that they had the talent to make things right. I couldn't wait for Mandriva 2007 to become publicly available. I was ready either to be impressed or to forget about this distribution.

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