However, the distribution was forked in 2010 ago under the name Mageia and that will continue to survive. The Mageia project was used as the base for the parent company's server products. The workstation distribution is developed separately, by the community, under the name OpenMandriva.
Mandriva has gone through many ups and downs and the closest it came to closure was in 2012. At that time one of the company's main shareholders had refused to accept a recapitalisation scheme.
In 2013, Mandriva reportedly had income of a little over half-a-million euros but that does not seem to have been enough to keep it going.
Mandriva is a distribution that was first known as Mandrake Linux when it started in the late 1990s. It utilised Red Hat Linux as its base but used the KDE desktop environment instead of GNOME; hence it was often called "Red Hat with KDE."
The company was forced to change its name in 2005 after it lost a case filed by Hearst Corporation which had the rights to the Mandrake name. It then became Mandriva; this coincided with its acquisition of Conectiva, another Linux company based in Brazil.
In 2008, the company was badly affected by the global financial crisis and had to jettison all its external contributors.
In June 2010, Mandriva, which was in financial strife and had put itself up for sale, received a fresh lease of life when new investors came to its rescue.
In September 2010, a fork of Mandriva, Mageia, was created. A number of Mandriva developers moved to the new distribution.