Mandriva forked

Mandriva Linux is being forked by a number of Mandriva contributors:

The Mageia site states -

"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".


"Mageia is a community project: it will not depend on the fate of a particular company.

A not-for-profit organization will be set up in the coming days and it will be managed by a board of community members. After the first year this board will be regularly elected by committed community members.

This organization will manage and coordinate the distribution: code & software hosting and distribution, build system, marketing, foster communication and events. Data, facts, roadmaps, designs will be shared, discussed through this organization.

We will discuss and lay down details in the coming days.

Mageia distribution will be what the board makes it to be, with the help and contribution of the whole community. We already have ideas and plans for this distribution; we want to:

  • make Linux and free software straightforward to use for everyone;
  • provide integrated system configuration tools;
  • keep a high-level of integration between the base system, the desktop (KDE/GNOME) and applications; especially improve third-parties (be it free or proprietary software) integration;
  • target new architectures and form-factors;
  • improve our understanding of computers and electronics devices users.

You certainly have your ideas too. We will take the time to share these".

I for one, wish them luck and hope for a return to a more “Mandrake like” distro.

Mandrake was awesome back in the day. I used it day-to-day, and even paid for one of the Powerpack boxed sets:

So if the community, or whoever, can do something with the distro similar to what was being done in 1998 - 2000, then I would certainly be interested in checking it out.

Yeh, if memory serves I think Mandrake was the second Linux distro I ever tried, after Redhat, and I was quite impressed… though it must be said it defaulted to the KDE desktop and I much prefer GNOME now, at the time I wouldn’t have had the Linux know how to change to GNOME, or even if it was possible.

I also quite liked PCLOS for a while, which again if memory serves, was Mandrake/Mandriva based.