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Developers Fork Mandriva Linux, Creating Mageia 206

Anssi55 writes "As most of the Mandriva employees working on the Linux distribution were laid off due to the liquidation of Edge-IT (a subsidiary of Mandriva SA) and trust in the company has diminished, the development community (including the core developers) has decided to fork the project. The new Linux distribution, named Mageia, will be managed by a not-for-profit organization that will be set up in the coming days. There are already many people that have decided to follow the fork, but the people behind it are still welcoming any help offered in the various tasks related to establishing the new distribution."
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Developers Fork Mandriva Linux, Creating Mageia

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  • Re:Name (Score:2, Interesting)

    by valros ( 1741778 ) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @12:02PM (#33620330)
    I think here user unfriendly means different, the reason so many other names are "friendlier" is because they've been used so many times before.
  • by xtracto ( 837672 ) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @12:04PM (#33620350) Journal

    Ahh open source... divide and conquer.

    I recall Mandrake/Mandriva as one of the most user friendly distros when I used it... (IIRC around version 7 or 8).

    In my opinion it would be really great if instead of doing another fork the Mageia developers tried to merge all the good features of Mandriva into Ubuntu.

    I understand that Mandriva uses RPM and has several differences compared to Ubuntu, however merging both software would really benefit Ubuntu or better yet, Kubuntu (the chance to make it not suck).

  • by GodWasAnAlien ( 206300 ) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @12:12PM (#33620414)

    Given the roots of Mandriva/Mandrake, perhaps merging with Fedora should be considered.

    Or perhaps Ubuntu may be interested.

    I don't think there is a need for this thing to live independently.

  • by bigtomrodney ( 993427 ) * on Saturday September 18, 2010 @12:36PM (#33620582)
    I think it's loss in popularity has less to do with Ubuntu being what it is and more to do with how badly openSUSE fell apart in the 10.x releases. It went from being one of the most solid and user-friendly distros to failing its own dependency checks and making codecs more difficult to install. That was quite sad as it pioneered in taking the approach of providing codecs in the repos where they couldn't ship on the disc.
  • Re:Go Mageia! (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Arker ( 91948 ) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @12:49PM (#33620672) Homepage

    Mandrake/Mandriva has been by far, the best KDE oriented linux distro, amd one the most user friendly. I hope Mageia keeps the good things on! Go Mageia!

    A very subjective statement - users of Slackware and OpenSUSE and even Kubuntu might disagree.

    I havent tried it in awhile but it always aimed at somewhat the same audience as Ubuntu, only based on RH infrastructure rather than Debian, and defaulting to KDE rather than Gnome. It's good to have choices, even if that makes the assessment of 'the best' more difficult and less emotionally satisfying. For some this is certainly the best choice, and I too hope the distribution continues well beyond its commercial origin.

  • by koterica ( 981373 ) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @12:53PM (#33620688) Journal
    There is always the question: Diversify or focus? However, we do not need redundant diversity. Basically, in order to decide if it is worth keeping a separate distro, we should determine if Mandriva had any goals that were unique. If not, by all means merge. However, if there is something unique about Mandriva (I haven't used it, I have no idea), than some effort should be made to preserve those unique goals. I am guessing that the people who are forking the project feel that it is worth keeping Mandriva alive as a separate project.
  • Re:Name (Score:2, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 18, 2010 @12:55PM (#33620704)

    Actually, they are for the most part.

    Powerpoint says something about what you do with it and conveys positive imagery - it's powerful, it's something you point at (a presentation). Excel - it doesn't really say what it is, but it conveys the idea of speed and success, which are important in business. Likewise with Quicken - they verbed an adjective (quick) that means something, and while potentially having some strange linguistic associations (quicken/quickening is the moment in pregnancy when a fetus' movement is first felt), that is not exactly an everyday word in the English language so the associations aren't very strong.

    Maya has two common associations - it refers to the concept of the illusory nature of the world in the Hindu religious tradition, and it refers to an early central American civilization renowned for their relative scientific advancement - the former one, while not incredibly well known, is a pretty cool name for a 3D rendering package, and the name sounds good, not awkward on the tongue.

    Twitter is an incredibly annoying sounding name in the English language. Not something I'd name a product I wanted anybody serious to ever use. But it is somewhat descriptive of what the annoying people do using this product - post small blurbs of inane content, like a bunch of giggling schoolgirls. So yeah, I don't love that name, but I see where it came from.

    Now we come to Mageia. While it has a cool association if you are familiar with ancient Greek (magic arts, sorcery), I wouldn't have known that without looking it up, and I consider myself rather well educated and linguistically saavy. It won't trigger that association immediately, even in most geeky users, to be honest. But beyond that, the word formation is very awkward to pronounce in English. Worse even than "Linux", which suffered for many years from "I don't know how to pronounce it so it's awkward to discuss in a business context" syndrome, and is apparently still pronounced differently in the US vs. Europe (according to Wikipedia). Nevertheless, Linux is much less awkward to read or to say than "Mageia". But put together, "Mageia Linux", and it's pretty terrible sounding.

    Furthermore, as some have pointed out, the name sounds out similarly to "my-gay-a" or "ma-gay-a" in American English. The word "gay" meaning homosexual but also now being a generic insult used by preteens to mean something that is stupid or just plain sucks - well, I can't see that being an association people want to make, particularly if you just heard this name pronounced rather than reading it and seeing it spelled out.

    So I think it's fair to say that "Mageia Linux" is a pretty bad name indeed.

  • by anshulajain ( 1359933 ) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @01:37PM (#33621014)
    Mandriva as a distro is pretty much dead. Mageia lives on as the "new Mandriva". It will end up being a replacement and is not "just another distro"
  • Re:Go Mageia! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by tronkel ( 1128393 ) on Saturday September 18, 2010 @01:51PM (#33621112)
    PCLinuxOS is a Mandriva variant which works beautifully on PCs and is indispensable to me for use on my netbook. Mandriva itself is also great on netbooks. A primary example, that illustrates that Mandriva makes an excellent base to build other distros on. Mandriva seemed to produce solutions that were a breath of fresh air in comparison to the straight-thinking Ubuntu. No criticism of Ubuntu intended here. It's also a big favourite of mine. Remains to be seen though if PCLinuxOs can still produce the goods independently of Mandriva. OK, Mandriva is one of many fine Linux distros out there - but it had a certain something when it came to thinking out of the box. I for one am sorry to hear this sad news. I hope the valued development traditions will somehow continue as a new incarnation of of the distro. If the developers are willing, this ought not to be a problem.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 18, 2010 @04:10PM (#33621850)

    As a former Mandriva user (now on Arch) - there is very much a need for Mandriva to continue. It's the distro I always recommend to newbies, and as far as I know it's the only distro that is both extremely user-friendly and has excellent hardware support. I've seen far too many people give up on Linux because Ubuntu didn't like some piece of hardware. For a newbie's first Linux distro, you need to have at least basic support for _all_ hardware straight from the install. I've never seen Mandriva fail at that...and I've also never seen Ubuntu succeed.

    This never ceases to amaze me about Linux. If Mandrake has such amazing hardware support, why the hell don't all the other distros have the same level of support. It's all open source right?

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.