Interview: MandrakeLinux and Ulteo founder Gael Duval
Gaël Duval, the founder of the popular MandrakeLinux (later MandrivaLinux) project, was fired (http://www.indidea.org/gael/en/fired-message.php) from Mandriva last spring in an effort to cut costs. Almost immediately afterward, Duval began work on a new GNU/Linux distribution, Ulteo (http://www.ulteo.com/main/). As of this writing, Ulteo has not yet released its first beta edition, but it should be available soon. While we're all waiting, I figured I'd ask Mr. Duval some questions about Ulteo, Mandriva, and starting GNU/Linux projects in general. Answers are below.
It's been six months since you left Mandriva and started the Ulteo project. Has the transition been going well? Any hard feelings for Mandriva?
Gaël Duval: Well... You know, when at 25 you create a new product, then create a company to support the development of this product, and the company becomes quite successful, when finally the person who took over control of that company decides that it's time to say "bye bye" in the most hypocritical way it could ever be, it's very hard to accept.
My relationship with Mandrakesoft/Mandriva has been really more than a "job" thing. It was something very special for me, a big part of my life. I'm afraid I will never have harsh enough words for this guy and for what he's doing with the company. It's still a very sensitive question for me. I prefer not comment further.
What is Ulteo exactly? What is its target market?