Mageia – A New Linux Distribution – Fork Of Mandriva/Mandrake

I’ve had a love/hate relationship with Mandriva/Mandrake for a long time. It was always one of the best distributions. Period. But it was also one of the worst.

The big problem with Mandriva, and Mandrake before was that it was it served a corporate agenda. The corporation wanted to make money. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make money. The problem was that they artificially limited Mandriva’s capabilities to do this. Rather than providing value, they restricted value. As a result, I didn’t use Mandriva.

There was an announcement today at LWN of Mageia – a Mandriva fork. The Mageia project is a community endeavor. To quote the announcement:

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.

There is often conflict between a community and it’s corporate supporters. When there is, the community really has no option other than to move forward on it’s own. I wish the Mageia community the best of luck as they move forward on this, and I am really looking forward to trying their first release.


Wayne Borean

Saturday September 18, 2010


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