This is the United States Calling, Are We Reaching?
One major Linux vendor who was missing at LinuxWorld Expo was Mandriva. This is not a huge surprise: since I started attending LWEs in 2000, I can't recall ever seeing Linux-Mandrake, MandrakeLinux, or Mandriva on the show floor.
But I can't help thinking lately that Mandriva is even more absent than that. As Red Hat, SUSE, and now the various commercial Debian distros plow ahead on their PR machines announcing everything under the sun, Mandriva is once again playing the silent member of the community, quietly plugging away on the development of Mandriva 2006.
I have often wondered about the state of Mandriva here in the column, which has typically garnered some critiques that I am picking on them. If I am, it is in the spirit of trying to help, because I am genuinely fond of Mandriva, both as a software product and as a company.