A couple of decades ago Gael Duval was a household name in Linux circles, even if he wasn???t quite as well known as Linus Torvalds, Richard Stallman, Eric Raymond, or Bruce Perens. Duval was the founder of what many consider to be the first user-friendly Linux distro, Mandrake, and as one of three co-founders of the French company MandrakeSoft, around the turn of the century brought the distro to something akin to rock star status among Linux users.
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