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Mandrake Linux, my favourite distribution, has had its ups and downs over the years mostly due to corporate events, such as merging with Connectiva, losing a trademark challenge to the name "Mandrake", and later hovering on the brink of bankruptcy until a buyer was recently found.

With continuing uncertainty about Mandriva's future, many community members have agree to fork the distro into a new one. "Mageia" is the Greek word for "magic", which goes well with the distribution's original name, "Mandrake" referring to a certain magician in pop culture. From the announcement:
Paris, September 18th 2010

As you may have heard, the future of the Mandriva Linux distribution is unclear.
Most employees working on the distribution were laid off when Edge-IT was liquidated. We do not trust the plans of Mandriva SA anymore and we don't think the company (or any company) is a safe host for such a project.
Many things have happened in the past 12 years. Some were very nice: the Mandriva Linux community is quite large, motivated and experienced, the distribution remains one of the most popular and an award-winning product, easy to use and innovative. Some other events did have some really bad consequences that made people not so confident in the viability of their favourite distribution.
People working on it just do not want to be dependent on the economic fluctuations and erratic, unexplained strategic moves of the company.
http://www.mageia.org/
 

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Seriously folk do we need another distro? They should have joined another established community instead! Forking out of pride does not help Linux in the long run!
 

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Choice is good, and so is freedom for consumers and freedom for developers to use whichever distro they desire. That's the beauty of FOSS. You are also free to have your own opinions on that too, of course. :)

Mandriva has been in existence since the mid-1990s and has a distinct manner of doing things that many people appreciate, including me. Mageia is simply an effort to continue in those footsteps in case the Mandriva company ever falters or changes path (which it seems to be doing now).
madhi19 said:
Forking out of pride does not help Linux in the long run!
Linux doesn't need help. It is doing fine.
 

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I found ,sadly , that Mandriva 2010.2 only almost works ( as a replacement to Suse ).I will be looking to the Mageia distro...
 

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Suse seems to need to be fresh and new, and to have not quite right coding .Sometimes resorting to the cli is problematic.
I remember Mandrake as a quality product too Stampeder, and Mandriva, not so much.
Part of the problem is that I don't run state of the art equipment, and I seem to be falling off trailing edge of the software curve.I may need to stop being lazy and go back to debian or slackware
 

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The problems I had with Mandriva were poor regression testing, too many new bugs in new releases and lack of support for older versions. That might be OK for a desktop system but I need a stable server OS. There are some Mandriva based distros that fix these issues by basing themselves on older releases and fixing the bugs. Maybe Mageia will be one but why do we need another distro? I'd rather see the effort put into Mandriva. OTOH, I've heard that internal politics may prevent that. If so, it's detrimental to Mandriva and Linux in general.
 

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The thing I like about Mageia is that they haven't yet gotten me p/o'd
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