May 27 2015

Tribute to Mandrake

Good news everyone, a new version of OpenMandriva is ready to see the world in a few days, 2014.2 will soon bemaking its way to you. Listen out for details, features – and torrents!

OpenMandriva‘s history is well known. It was born at the tail of 2012 with the help of the community and Mandriva SA to continue the work on the distribution after Mandriva SA could not  continue that.

We thank Mandriva SA for their support at the start and wish the remaining Mandriva employees well for the future.

The OpenMandriva Association was created to unite the distribution formally known as Mandriva (aka Mandrake); to bring it back to its roots through listening to peoples needs and getting closer to its users and developers. Since then we have been independent (though we  always welcome cooperative effort).  We are glad to say that we continue to do this and will be bringing you a new release of OpenMandriva Lx 3 (2015)  in the near future that will include new features and an update of many of the core components.

Mandrake was the first distribution to make a free operating system available which could be installed and configured by anyone who could use a keyboard and a mouse. When many of us first came to the “linux” world, there were two types of distro, the ones that gave you headaches as soon as you put the CD in the slot, and then there was Mandrake. The vision of its founder Gaël Duval created an operating system which undoubtedly allowed many, many people access to modern technology and in doing so added greatly to the strength of the free software community.

We do and will do our very best to continue to hold and carry their crown – for you.

Always here for you


P.S. Comments from Mandrake founder


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    • Piratu' on May 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Finally they lasted almost 4 more years… Sad to see a once admired company and loved distro to go down, but the reasons were well detailed in the post: lack of realistic marketing strategy 🙁

    Good luck boys carrying the flag of OpenMandriva as far as you can!

    • Nicolas GERARD on May 29, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    En français dans le texte, pour les salariés de Mandriva :

    Merci d’avoir développé et maintenu Mandrake puis Mandriva. Mon seul regret : être venu à cette distribution très tardivement, je n’ai connu que la version 2009 puis la version 2011 (j’y suis encore !), malgré 16 ans de linux à la maison comme OS principal.

    Courage à vous tous, en vous souhaitant de trouver une autre aventure du même tonneau.

    Au revoir les amis.

    Donnez-nous des nouvelles.

    • Mario Moles on June 17, 2015 at 7:00 am

    Hello friends!
    The video I uploaded on youtube is my arrangement for four guitars of the famous “Libertango” by Astor Piazzolla. It was done using Rosegarden, Frescobaldi and Lilypond with our beautiful OpenMandriva2014.2. Thank you all! Thanks OpenMandriva! I love Mandrake!
    This is my tribute!

    • Keith on June 22, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    It would have been great if this project had been named OpenMandrake (or simply Mandrake). I do miss Mandrake Linux, but I suppose we all have to move on.

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