Mandriva SA evolves

Taking into account its environment and its market, Mandriva SA adapts its structure and methods. We’ll base our products in the future on the technologies, collaborations and partnerships that will guarantee the biggest added value to the users and customers.

As such, we’ve decided to take an approach that differs from the past “one-size-fits-all” one and will, for each product and service, search the best collaboration possible. This will allow us to bring the best response to our customer’s needs. We’ll base our products as follows:

Desktop and OEM products, competence center for education
Collaboration and exchanges with Mandriva Linux (entity in creation), contributions and support to the project.

Server product 
Collaboration and exchanges with the Mageia community, contributions to the project.

Pulse2 product
Internal development and contributions to the Mandriva Linux project.

Research projects
Collaboration and participation in the current projects based on the collaboration agreements signed.

Those collaborations rely on the current situation and landscape in technical, commercial and strategic terms. They will be reviewed on a regular basis and are subject to change should the optimization and development of our products require it.

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21 Responses to Mandriva SA evolves

  1. blackcrack says:

    très bonnes décisions, peut qu’être d’accord :) :tape:
    very good decisions, can only agree :) :clap:
    On the Mandriva SA have a big come back :D
    best regards

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  3. rjadot says:

    Well, in some way, Mandriva has its history, I can understand some people have doubts about our future :) the best answer we can give is to show they were wrong.

  4. Dan McDonald says:

    When you say the server product, are you talking about providing long-term-support for a Mageia distro? That would be very good news indeed. Mageia 1 has been very solid, but I can’t consider deploying it in a work environment with only an 18-month lifespan. If I knew I could pay for five years of patches from Mandriva, that would make it a viable commercial platform.

    • blackcrack says:

      Server product
      Collaboration and exchanges with the Mageia community, contributions to the project.[/quote]

      i think it whant be come a commercial support over Mandriva SA but Jean Manuel shold tell more about… this is only roughly outlined, as will now be tell more accurate, will certainly be mentioned. I hope it … :D

      kindly regards

    • Keith says:

      Yikes! I can’t imagine having to use patched versions of five-year-old software. Heck, a lot of software in Mageia 1 is horribly outdated, and it’s not even a year old.

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  10. Led43 says:

    I wish Mandriva all the best, and will continue to keep my fingers crossed but I don’t understand this: Mandriva’s desktop (free) product is going to come from its (being rebuilt) community and its server product from collaboration with the Mageia community?
    This is what was said on the Mageia Blog Posted on May 21, 2012 about the link up with Mandriva:
    I think that Mandriva needs to look at its board and get rid of the people who made such disastrous decisions over the last 10 + years, then maybe their community might start trusting Mandriva, because from what i have read from Mandriva’s blogs its the same old same old

    • Your comment is awaiting moderation.

      Firing people just to put the result of their work at one’s stake is not what I’d call sane and responsible.

      Collaborating with thieves like Komissarov and moneylaunders like Reiman is not going to be great in the long run; I tried to warn them before.

      Hope things still bode well for the community that once was Mandrake users.

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  16. Interested Observer says:

    Conceivably the “Server product” of this new Mandriva initiative would use’s version of RPM (currently, as Mageia uses’s version of RPM. Might the “Desktop and OEM products, competence center for education” return to’s version of RPM, and drop’s version of RPM (currently 5.3.6), even if this latter product group isn’t derived from a collaboration with the Mageia community?

    Speaking of which, I understand avoiding a “one-size-fits-all” mentality, but why not work with a common core for the various editions of Mandriva, which would then be tailored as needed to fulfill different market segment needs and expectations? As the Mageia distribution continues to evolve independently from Mandriva’s own offerings, what justifies basing one product (Server) off of it, yet maintaining a complimentary technological offering (Desktop/OEM) which doesn’t share this evolution? In other words, either align a common core with the work the Mageia community is doing, align it with the work ROSA is doing, or focus it around the work of an as-yet-to-be-created INDEPENDENT community-based organization (which would be sponsored by Mandriva SA), but don’t suffer from dissociative identity disorder. And whatever path Mandriva chooses going forward, commit to it 100%.

    If a nonprofit organization is established (instead of Mageia.Org more or less fulfilling that role), being that it would be a noncommercial entity, would it be subject to the litigation that faced Mandrakesoft at the hands of the Hearst Corporation? If not, I would use the “Mandrake” name (or some variant thereof) for the organization and its distribution (assuming the community-centric organization would take over the free version, while Mandriva would still offer commercial products akin to Powerpack, MES, etc). This would help create some distinction between the community and commercial foci (e.g. Fedora and Red Hat). Also, as regards commercial products (Powerpack, MES, etc), consistent branding is crucial for public mindshare, but I’m would seriously entertain the radical idea of changing the name of Mandriva SA. While the Mandrakesoft/Mandrakelinux branding may be too much of a legal minefield commercially, the contrived name “Mandriva” isn’t particularly catchy, and doesn’t really do a service to the history of Mandrakesoft or Conectiva. As a name, “Mandriva” is too fabricated (like a theme park), and at this juncture it suffers from a fair amount of negative associations and taint. A name change would be a radical move and not something to be taken lightly (nor is it absolutely crucial to the survivability of Mandriva SA, and in fact if poorly handled could discredit the company further), but if handled adroitly it could be part of an overall approach to signify that the company is making a break from past mistakes and that it is rising from its ashes like a phoenix.

    Finally, I would stress the importance of being open to feedback from stakeholders, both past and present, whether that be current customers, former customers, the Mandriva community, former members of the Mandriva community or even former employees of Mandriva. That doesn’t mean all feedback will be constructive or at all useful, but Mandriva SA still seems like a company in search of a vision, and a few good ideas might come from outside the immediate company. Still, better to be willingly and actively in search of a vision than march blindly onwards.

  17. Manoel Pinho says:

    Mr. Jean-Manuel Croset,

    Please explain in more detail how Mandriva will handle two different bases (mageia and mandriva), made ​​by two different foundations and independent of each other, and how it will be better than just one base. I still can not understand it.

    Why not adopt the Mageia Linux as the only basis for all Mandriva products and offer services such official support, training, LTS versions, Powerpack versions, OEM customization, etc?

  18. Piratu' says:

    This article is too generic and say nothing concretely about the “real” strategy behind.

    Creating a new entity named Mandriva Linux it’s a bad move because you’ll dilute your efforts. There’s no guarantee that if Mageia succeed in creating a non profit organization (remember they got all the people you fired and all of the most active and productive members from the former Mandriva community) you’ll succeed at it with what it left of Mandriva’s community. Secondly it’s not a child game, if Mageia done it we have to do it too.

    There’s a non sense to create Mandriva Linux for the community and basing the server product on Mageia. What’s the logic? Mageia evolve in its own way free from any commercial constraint, how this will be a strength point for a server product with long term support? What would made you think that in this case people will choose Mandriva Linux for their desktop use instead of Mageia if the last one is the base (which means QUALITY and STABILITY) of you server product?

    I think you missed the basics in your strategic analysis here. Normally you list what’s in the store, see what’s the market’s demand, see what you can do with the people left and the company resources and then take decisions ans stick to them.

    If I may:

    Step1: what’s in the house – a Linux distro, a server product and Pulse2.

    Step2: what’s the market demands – free desktop distro with excellent hardware support, multiple GUI, easy to use and up to date application base (why not an AppStore), cloud support and useful online services; a rock solid server product with log term support (5 years), easy to config, maintain and use.

    Spep3: company resources – this one is simple: few people left and struggling to avoid bankruptcy.

    Step4: what to do?

    1. Maintain a Linux distro is a costly effort, so hand it completely to the community, let Mageia do this for you. Better concentrate your efforts and support financially Mageia than dilute your efforts investing in creating a new entity. As they said, Mageia are open to all proposal as long as you play fare.

    2. Concentrate efforts in delivering a server product and Pulse 2, you can then offer a commercial Linux distro or OEM based on the server version. Mandriva is well know for easy to install, easy to use and easy to maintain. Keep this in mind and offer a comfortable range of server possibilities (optimized for web, for data bases, for file systems, for backup, for virtualization, for development and so on)

    3. Create a full range of services around your products (online backup, cloud, consultancy and so on).

    4. Change the image and the company’s logo in a more professional way and adopt more sober colors.

    5. Create partnerships with hardware manufacturers and create a range of competitive servers and professional workstations.

    You seek a vision, a new identity. If you can’t succeed at it, selling the company is also an honorable way “die”.

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