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Mandriva Linux avoids bankruptcy; we test the new version

Jul 13, 2010, 12:08 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"Linux vendor Mandriva has announced the availability of its Spring 2010 release, an updated version of its desktop Linux distribution. Mandriva originally planned to ship the software at the beginning of June, but had put the launch on hold due to serious financial difficulties that jeopardized the company's future. The Spring 2010 version was finally released last week after some new investors bailed out the company and made it possible for development efforts to continue.

"Mandriva, which was previously known as Mandrake, is one of the oldest commercial Linux vendors. The French company was founded in 1998 with the aim of selling a heavily-customized derivative of Red Hat Linux that was designed for ease of use. It achieved considerable popularity among desktop Linux enthusiasts during the tail end of the '90s, because it had excellent hardware compatibility and was easier to install and configure than many other Linux distributions that were available at the time."

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