Mandriva Linux 2010.1 Gets A Summer Release
Phoronix: Mandriva Linux 2010.1 Gets A Summer Release
Following a period of uncertainty when it looked like Mandriva's parent company could disappear due to financial troubles, Mandriva is now on a better financial footing and as such they have released their long-awaited Mandriva Linux 2010.1 "Spring" release...
Mandriva among the best, but...
I've been using Mandriva alongside Ubuntu, Fedora and OpenSuse (all latest releases) for a couple of years, and it is certainly the equal of any. In some, minor respects it is even better than.
But therein lies the problem: if Mandriva is 'equal too, and only slightly better than', where is the need for it? It offers the same functionality, the same software packages, the same DE's, pretty much the same experience.
I like its aesthetic and philosophy, but we are really talking about a skin.
Now that it's on the ropes, it will be increasingly difficult to attract developers and users both.
Mandriva seems destined to fall by the wayside, unless it can come up with some major differentiator(s) between it and the others (and Mandriva is not the only one).