While forking such a big project is not an easy task, the group who are behind Mageia said they believed it was the best solution.
Mageia is set to be a community project. According to the website, "a not-for-profit organization (sic) will be set up in the coming days and it will be managed by a board of community members. After the first year this board will be regularly elected by committed community members.
"This organization (sic) will manage and coordinate the distribution: code & software hosting and distribution, build system, marketing, foster communication and events. Data, facts, roadmaps, designs will be shared, discussed through this organization (sic)."
Mandriva is a longstanding distribution, having begun life back in the late 90s as Mandrake Linux. It took Red Hat Linux as its base but used the KDE desktop environment instead of GNOME; hence if often earned the moniker "Red Hat with KDE"
The company changed its name in 2005, following the loss of a case filed by Hearst Corporation which had the rights to the name. The company changed its name from MandrakeSoft to Mandriva; this coincided with its acquisition of Conectiva, another Linux company based in Brazil.
The company has hit a rocky road more than once: in 2003, it filed for bankruptcy and emerged from that state the next year. In 2008, the company was badly affected by the global financial crisis and had to jettison all its external contributors.