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Mandriva Linux: Which Fork Is Right for You?

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datamation.com: Mandriva Linux is a newbie-centric distribution that has become less of a highlight in the news over the past few years. At one time, Mandriva was considered the de facto Linux distribution for anyone looking to switch from Windows to Linux. Today, Linux has evolved into a complex ecosystem, and selecting Mandriva isn't as black and white as it once was.

Mandriva 2013...What it might look like

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mandrivachronicles.blogspot: Although not many people talked about this, there was an official alpha released and I decided to install it to a VM to see what it offers. These are my findings:

OpenMandriva Picks Name, Releases Alpha

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ostatic.com: While the rest of Linuxdom was reading of the Debian 7.0 and Mageia 3 releases, the OpenMandriva gang have been hard at it trying to get their new distribution some attention.

OpenMandriva Delayed, Mageia Releases Beta

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Ubuntu
  • OpenMandriva Delayed, Mageia Releases Beta
  • DistroRank Weekly rankings posted - 4/4/13
  • Emmabuntüs 2 celebrated Software Freedom Day
  • Bytemark donation boosts reliability of Debian's core infrastructure
  • Moving to Arch from Ubuntu!
  • Ubuntu “Raring Ringtail” hits beta, disables Windows dual-boot tool
  • Three Ubuntu Linux versions will reach end of life in May

Mandriva invests in Formula One racing

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mandriva.com: Mandriva S.A. , the leading European Linux based software vendor, is unveiling the new milestone in its corporate strategy. Mandriva S.A. will now invest in Formula One racing.

OpenMandriva's "Get a Face" Finalists Chosen

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ostatic.com: Well the public has had its say and now it's up to the committee. Seven finalists were chosen by the public, now all they can do is wait.

OpenMandriva Honing in on Logo

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ostatic.com: Last month OpenMandriva announced a contest to solicit community contributed logo proposals. The entry deadline has come and gone and the next phase has begun. Let's take a look at some of the proposals.

Design the New OpenMandriva Logo

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ostatic.com: It's at times like these that make me wish I had been the source of my son's artistic abilities, but alas, those must have come from his father's side. Since my images rarely resemble what I'm attempting, OpenMandriva is going to have to rely upon you to design and create their new logo.

It's Official: OpenMandriva Association Incorporated

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ostatic.com: Charles-H. Schulz has posted of the news that "OpenMandriva Association is now fully incorporated and functional." He's quite excited by the news reflected not just in his words, but the number of his posts that appeared in my feeds. I found three posts just by accident.

OpenMandriva: It's Almost a Done Deal

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ostatic.com: Today Charles-H. Schulz blogged to share that "the statutes of the "OpenMandriva Association" have been sent to the French authorities and the incorporation process has thus started."

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