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Mandriva Linux: Which Fork Is Right for You?

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Mandriva Linux is a newbie-centric distribution that has become less of a highlight in the news over the past few years. At one time, Mandriva was considered the de facto Linux distribution for anyone looking to switch from Windows to Linux. Today, Linux has evolved into a complex ecosystem, and selecting Mandriva isn't as black and white as it once was.

In this article, I'll examine where Mandriva is today, how various forks of Mandriva Linux work within the Linux space and whether or not they're something I would recommend trying out for yourself.

Mandriva to Mageia

When the Mandriva company experienced its financial upheaval and let most of its developers go in 2010, those same developers got together and created a fork called Mageia. Development with Mageia took on a life very similar to that of LibreOffice, in that there is now a greater development speed and a renewed sense of freedom.

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