Not for the first time, Mandriva, the Paris-based Linux company, is fighting its way back from the edge of bankruptcy. This time the outcome might be different as the company sets about constructing a sustainable business model, building bridges and healing rifts with the community.
Mandriva's problems date back to the days when Mandriva was known as MandrakeSoft. The rise of Mandrake coincided with the dotcom boom. Broadband usage was rapidly expanding, and Linux could be downloaded and installed from an ISO. Mandrake's business model was based on high volume sales with relatively small returns, and without the help of willing OEMs, reserves of capital, or support agreements, the free software desktop was always going to be a difficult proposition as a long term business model.
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