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Forking Mandriva

Postby Rhakios » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:09 am

It seems that many of the former developers of Mandriva and other community members have decided to create a fork of Mandriva they are calling Mageia.
Given Mandriva's troubled history one can only wish them luck. I expect it will need a lot of hard work, but if they can get back to something like the spirit of Mandrake, then we might have something to look forward to.
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Postby towy71 » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:33 am

I must admit that I moved away from Mandribble because of the shenanigans with corporate speak etc., look forward to seeing some of the original wow that Mandrake gave me ;-)
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Postby Rhakios » Sun Sep 19, 2010 10:39 am

And the godawful-looking branding that you couldn't uninstall because they'd made all of KDE and the kernel dependant on it.
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Postby RedWillow » Sun Sep 19, 2010 3:50 pm

Forking Mandriva


Strange you should say that. That was what I was heard to mutter when one injudicious mouse-click on my part caused the Mandriva installer to reformat my data partition. :roll:

Anyway - I wish Magela well. We need the choice and healthy competition we presently have between the major distros. If Mandriva does go under that will leave a big hole.
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Postby stevenaaus » Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:55 am

RedWillow wrote:
Forking Mandriva


Strange you should say that. That was what I was heard to mutter when one injudicious mouse-click on my part caused the Mandriva installer to reformat my data partition.


No! Sometimes the only thing to do is reach around the back of the pc at lightspeed and hit the power supply switch. But it's hard to do in a split second.

It'll be nice to see Mandrake again without their butchered KDE (fingers crossed). The closest i've seen to the Mandrake of old is Sabayon. It supports compiz and nvidia video out of the box, but their packaging system is unusual, to say the least.
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Postby M-Saunders » Tue Sep 21, 2010 9:17 am

Good luck to them. Mandriva 7.something was one of my early fave distros. Looking at the Mageia mailing list, however, there seems to be a whole lot of discussion about the logo and not so much about the big decisions...

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Postby nelz » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:07 am

It's a pity they didn't have such a discussion about the name. Something with easy and consistent pronunciation would be a start. The first couple of time I read about this, I though tit was called MAGELA thanks to the similarity between lower case I and L in a sans-serif font.
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Postby RedWillow » Tue Sep 21, 2010 10:35 am

stevenaaus wrote:No! Sometimes the only thing to do is reach around the back of the pc at lightspeed and hit the power supply switch. But it's hard to do in a split second.


On a laptop? You'd have to be bloody quick to whip the battery out in time :wink:

nelz wrote:The first couple of time I read about this, I though tit was called MAGELA thanks to the similarity between lower case I and L in a sans-serif font.


Thanks for pointing that out - I see I made that very mistake. So - I wish Mageia well. But which tit were you thinking of? 1sf (troll)? :P Rather appropriate considering his obsession with Mandriva.
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Postby nelz » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:21 am

I try very hard to not think of 1sf (troll) at all. Thanks for breaking my run of several days :(
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Postby M-Saunders » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:48 am

nelz wrote:It's a pity they didn't have such a discussion about the name.


Absolutely. Already, the Wikipedia page about it has a section explaining how to pronounce the name. That's a bad start.

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Postby ollie » Tue Sep 21, 2010 1:13 pm

nelz wrote:It's a pity they didn't have such a discussion about the name. Something with easy and consistent pronunciation would be a start. The first couple of time I read about this, I though tit was called MAGELA thanks to the similarity between lower case I and L in a sans-serif font.


It wasn't until you pointed it out that I realised it wasn't an L :roll: Why would you pick that name when mageia.com was registered way back in 2001? :?
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Postby Rhakios » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:38 pm

M-Saunders wrote:
nelz wrote:It's a pity they didn't have such a discussion about the name.


Absolutely. Already, the Wikipedia page about it has a section explaining how to pronounce the name. That's a bad start.

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To be fair, they could have called it "Nob" and someone would ask if that's with a long "o" or a short one. :roll:
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Postby Rhakios » Tue Sep 21, 2010 11:39 pm

ollie wrote:It wasn't until you pointed it out that I realised it wasn't an L :roll: Why would you pick that name when mageia.com was registered way back in 2001? :?


Mandrake.

Need I say more?
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Postby evilnick » Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:29 am

I guess Mandrake still belongs to the Ladydriva people.


What about Remandrake? Or if they wanted everyone to download it and rave about how great it was, Drakbuntu.
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Postby Rhakios » Thu Sep 23, 2010 3:56 pm

Oh, I've had an even better idea: how about PCLinuxOS?

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