"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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