"Mandriva/Mandrake started out a long time ago and was one of
the main Linux distributions alongside of RedHat, Suse, Debian and
some could say Gentoo and Slackware.
"But years have gone by since Linux was a fledgling alternative
to Windows and started to appear on desktops of hardcore computer
users who wanted to try something different. Fast forward to today,
and you see Mandriva has really become an afterthought. It has not
really "gone anywhere" per se, but there is nothing to give it a
big wow we should try it out like other Linux distributions
"If we take a look at popularity through the Distrowatch
website, currently Mandriva ranks 7th overall. It still ranks in
the top 10 but if we look at what is going on between OpenSuse,
Fedora, Ubuntu holding top spots, Mandriva is falling by the
wayside to smaller distributions like Linux Mint, PCLinuxOS."