Mandriva Linux 2011.0

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It's been a tough couple of years for Mandriva, with a lot of uncertainty about its future. The rising popularity of other mainstream distros and flagging sales brought it close to bankruptcy.

Thankfully, Mandriva was saved from imminent failure after a corporate buyout; though the development was bittersweet as the company went on to shed a large number of talented staff.

Frankly, it came as no surprise that it missed a release or two in 2009, and when we reviewed Mandriva 2010 Spring in LXF136, it was equally unsurprising that Mandriva didn't unveil any swanky new features to take on rivals such as Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSUSE.

So, what's changed and can Mandriva now start to make some headway?