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[News] Time to Move to Mandriva Linux, Investor Found

  • Subject: [News] Time to Move to Mandriva Linux, Investor Found
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 25 Jun 2010 13:09:53 +0100
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Moving to mandriva?! 

,----[ Quote ]
| Never thought I would be writing this, but I 
| am actually considering moving my Linux 
| boxes (based mainly in OpenSuSE and Fedoras) 
| to Mandriva! During my hey days we always 
| considered Mandrake (it's name then) 
| something of a play distribution or a 
| distribution for Linux beginners and should 
| not be used for 'serious' work.
| Fast forward about 10 years, after a name 
| change I don't know why suddenly I felt an 
| urge to pick up the latest version of 
| Mandriva 2010 to give it the proverbial 
| spin. After playing around with the bought 
| version of Mandriva (yes I actually bought a 
| copy!). I really started liking it. Let me 
| just list down a few of the reasons why.


Mandriva saved by CEO 

,----[ Quote ]
| The Linux company, which is based in France 
| and Brazil, had been operating in recent 
| months under the threat of potential 
| bankruptcy, as its finances were reportedly 
| precarious.
| According to the French press LaprÃvote 
| rallied investors "to return the group to 
| balance and find a good business model." He 
| said that the community does not need to be 
| concerned about the outfit's future any 
| longer.
| LaprÃvote took the CEO job in April. In May 
| a posting in one of the Mandriva forums 
| revealed major cash flow problems and the 
| existence of plans to perhaps sell or merge 
| the company.
| One of the possible buyers named was 
| Lightapp, but that deal apparently fell 
| through, and then Linagora was rumoured to 
| be in talks with Mandriva.



Mandriva Linux is a fantastic scientific platform

,----[ Quote ]
| StÃphane TELETCHEA is working in a french
| research laboratory. He is also contributing
| to Mandriva Linux as a tester and packager
| for some years now. Below is his testimony in
| Mandriva Linux use for his daily work.
| We started using Mandriva Linux (Mandriva at
| that time) in the laboraty for the great
| combination of an ease of use and a very
| strong development platform. At that time I
| was a starting my PhD and trying to migrate
| from aging SGI Indigo 2 to more powerful
| standard PC-based computers. I did test other
| distributions at that time but Mandriva was
| the only one offering a lot of scientific
| applications (one that comes to my mind is
| XmGrace). Perl/bioperl, python, fortran, gcc
| and libc stacks were and are still very up-
| to-date but functional as if they were tested
| for years. This very good combination of
| stability and recent releases also helped
| some colleagues in improving their programs
| (for instance with the stricter checks coming
| in c++ in the gcc 4 series). This stability
| was also very appreciated while writing my
| PhD thesis where LyX and Pybliographer, on
| top of the Tetex stack, showed no crash
| leading to text loss. The pressure was
| sufficiently high in other domains to
| appreciate this part (those using Word or
| even Writer can not understand the beauty of
| (La)TeX).


Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring RC2

,----[ Quote ]
| As announced previously, here comes the last
| development release for Mandriva Linux 2010
| Spring. This is essentially a bug fix release.

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