"Was it because of a bad strategy? Was its release cycle too
long? Was it the controversy over Gaël Duval being fired? Or
was it just the lack of quality in its latest releases? Whatever it
was, it disappointed a lot of people. The once most popular Linux
distribution had now fallen far behind the leading Ubuntu, Fedora,
and SUSE. A lot of its users were moving towards PCLinuxOS.
"Mandriva 2006 started to look obsolete after Fedora Core 5,
Ubuntu 6.06 and SUSE 10.1 had been released..."