__/ [Aragorn] on Monday 02 January 2006 17:07 \__
On Monday 02 January 2006 01:50, Bob stood up and spoke the following
words to the masses in /comp.os.linux.advocacy...:/
Isn't Mandriva some composite of Mandrake, Linspire and...??
MandrakeSoft was facing charges from King Features because of the
references in their name and logo to "Mandrake The Magician", a comic
book hero. At the same time, the company merged with Conectiva, and
thus it was decided to change the name from Mandrake to Mandriva, a
reference to the two distros it comprised of.
Interesting. I always wondered what story was behind this transition. I was
guessing that the approach to version 10 marked some form of a milestone.
In the meantime, Mandriva has also acquired Lycoris. Linspire was
originally called Lindows but was forced to a namechange because of a
lawsuite by Microsoft. Linspire has nothing to do with Mandriva,
Ironically, the difference between the two is the "W" and the "L" where "W"
could stand for "Winner". Some would also pronounce WinCE in certain
This entire situation makes one wonder about Linux XP Desktop: