Mandriva Strives to Win Business, Desktop Users
Mandriva SA has long had its Linux fans, but it's recently been turning its efforts toward the business and desktop markets and, if CEO François Bancilhon has anything to do with it, Mandriva will become as big a Linux name as Red Hat Inc. and Novell Inc. in the enterprise.
It wasn't that long ago, Bancilhon said in an exclusive Ziff Davis Internet interview, that Mandriva was in serious financial hot water. The Paris-based Linux distributor had filed for the French equivalent of Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
"We made lots of mistakes in the Internet bubble days, when I joined in 2002; it was the worst of days. [However, the] company was back in the black by 2003-4 and it's profitable today."
Mandriva made it back the hard way: by cutting expenses to the bone.