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Mandriva, The Distro-Zombie That Refused To Die

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Instead of being just a supplier of GNU/Linux, Mandriva has added plenty of software and services all its own aimed at businesses. They must even have salesmen… In their enthusiasm they wrote, “In 2006, hundred of millions of personal computers pre-installed with Linux were shipped, particularly to South America, East Europe, Russia, North Africa and India. Mandriva also participates in thematic projects with Intel, such as the Classmate PC.” With optimism/ambition like that they could go far. We await the next chapter…

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Good Bye Mandriva

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The beginnings of the OpenMandriva project were rough. The very rationale for the existence of OpenMandriva were not overly clear to many people. After all, the Mageia project was already booming and the justification for such a project that was aiming at building upon the Mandriva Linux legacy was weak. On top of this, the team behind the project was small, and the mission was overwhelming: to continue, as a community, the development of the linux distribution formerly known as Mandriva Linux. I will not really go into details as to how the project evolved, but I am proud to have contributed in a significant way to build the home for this project, namely an independent French NGO (the OpenMandriva Association) and to have helped the community with establishing its governance and some of its sound principles and processes. But the question remains: why does the OpenMandriva Project matter? Why should we care

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Mandriva Moving Forward With PCLinuxOS and Mageia

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For those who think that Mandrake/Mandriva are gone and are merely part of history it should be important to recognise forks and derivatives, including OpenMandriva. One day it might be a Mandriva derivative — not a RHEL or Debian derivative — that becomes the most widely used GNU/Linux distribution (or operating system). ChromeOS and SteamOS, for instance, are based on rather different systems of GNU/Linux.

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Mandriva moving closer to release

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Nearly 18 months after the company was re-organised, Mandriva, the French GNU/Linux company is making progress towards a release, according to Charles-H. Schulz, its marketing and open source relations manager.

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One Week with OpenMandriva Lx 2013

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Curiously, I did not experience the live session that installs itself, reported here. I could navigate the live session before deciding to install without any problem.

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The Mandriva Family Expands With the Release of OpenMandriva Lx 2013.0

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Having more choices is essential for a project’s survival and expansion. Mandrake/Mandriva was once the most widely used desktop distribution. It can still make a huge comeback.

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Goodbye Mageia 2

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Dear Mageia users, the time has come to say goodbye to the Mageia 2 Linux operating system, as on November 22, 2013 it will reach end of life (EOL).

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Mageia 4 GNOME Beta 1 [screenshots]

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"Good things happen during the weekend" OpenMandriva LX is Coming!

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According to this post, OpenMandriva Lx will be seeing the light of day pretty soon: on November 22!

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OpenMandriva Lx Wallpaper Contest Announced

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ostatic.com: Wallpaper contests are among my favorite things and today the OpenMandriva bunch announced the latest for their upcoming Lx release. The theme is "The Flavor of Freedom," so warm up your GIMP, Inkscape, or whatever you use and get your submissions in.

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