Seems like Mandriva couldn’t catch a break…or have they? Depending on how you look at it, Mandriva’s early demise only to rise from the ashes to become Mageia could be the most positive thing to ever happen to the distro. It’s comical as years and years before Ubuntu was even a word used outside of its intended meaning, Mandrake (Mandriva) was the default distro for Linux users looking to get started in the ‘Nix world.
Today we have all of the Ubuntu based distros and derivatives, Simply Mepis, PCLinuxOS, plus a host of other alternatives. So it’s going to be interesting to see how Mageia opts to set itself apart. My personal guess is that this revision of Mandriva will be targeting those who love using Mandriva. Basically, supporting the existing community.
Despite myself not being a huge Mandriva fan, it was a critical distribution in the evolution desktop Linux adoption. It catered to those looking for something new, who enjoyed the packages offered by this distro. It’s a sad day to see a distro like this with such a long, full history go away. But at least it’s being carried on in some new fashion.