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Further thoughts on Mandriva...

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Some good (and a little not-so-good) comments on the previous Mandriva post. I wanted to point out just a few things...

A few folks made some assumptions about my choice of distros, or experiences with Mandriva. I've used Mandriva, though I admit it's been a few years. I used Mandrake before it for quite a while. It never really caught my fancy, sorry. That doesn't mean Mandriva isn't the bee's knees for a lot of other people, but it never really grabbed me as spectacular.

I often say that distributions are like underwear: No one can tell you what will make your butt comfortable. Some people dig on boxers, other people wear briefs, and some folks go commando. There's no a right or wrong, but just what works for you. Unfortunately, Mandriva skivvies just haven't caught on with enough people willing to part with cash to make it a working business. It happens.

Back in the day, long before there was an Ubuntu, there was Stormix -- a nifty and easy to use (at the time) distro based on Debian. (Sound familiar?) They didn't catch on, the company failed -- and Linux as a whole survived. Sad for the company and its users, but life went on and I don't know too many people still pining away for Stormix.

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All Mandriva needs is new

All Mandriva needs is new management and a good marketing department.

re: All Mandriva needs

How does even a great marketing department sell something that sounds like Nair® for gay men?

Open source projects need to get past the 5 nerds playing D&D naming scheme if they ever want to be taken serious in the real world.

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