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LinuxPlanet: Behind the New Mandriva

Apr 11, 2005, 20:30 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

"Citing desires for both a 'new identity' and an end to possible legal liability, Mandrakesoft changed its name to 'Mandriva' last week, not long after announcing a merger with Conectiva and many details of a future product roadmap. But with some members of the Linux community unhappy about the changes, the newly combined company also plans to accommodate developers and power users with software releases outside yearly product releases, plus a new Web-based contest that will reward "Mandriva" evangelists with laptops and other prizes.

"'We are prepared to hear that some people don't like the new name. It's very natural to dislike things that we aren't used to yet,' said Gaël Duval, a company spokesperson, during a Q&A wth LinuxPlanet that also delved into the Mandrakesoft/Conectiva merger and resulting product roadmap..."

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