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Tuesday, 11 May 2010 13:17

Mandriva put up for sale

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The French company Mandriva, which creates and sells the Mandriva Linux distribution, appears to be up for sale, according to information at a website dedicated to news about the distribution.


The site, Mandriva Linux Online, said the distribution had hit financial problems two years ago and things were now at a critical stage.

Two companies, LightApp and Linagora, are said to have expressed an interest in purchasing Mandriva.

The distribution began life as Mandrake Linux in 1998. It was based on Red Hat Linux, and for a long time was known as "Red Hat with KDE", a reference to the fact that the Red Hat distribution used GNOME as its desktop environment.

The name of the distribution was changed 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 and acquired Conectiva, another Linux company.

Financial problems are not new to the company; in 2003, it filed for bankruptcy and then emerged from that state the following year. In 2008, the company was hit hard by the global financial crisis.

 

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Sam Varghese

Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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