Mandriva Linux

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Mandriva Linux
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Mandriva Linux 2009
Company / developer Mandriva
OS family Unix-like
Working state Current
Initial release July 23, 1998 (1998-07-23) (age 16)
Latest stable release 2011 / August 28, 2011 (2011-08-28)
Package manager urpmi
Kernel type Monolithic
Default user interface KDE / GNOME
License Various
Official website www.mandriva.com

Mandriva (formerly named Mandrake Linux) is a Linux distribution.

Brief history[change | change source]

Mandriva was first made public by a French software company MandrakeSoft. Its first release was based on Red Hat Linux 5.1 and was released in July 1998. Mandriva Linux was originated by Gaël Duval, and intended to focus on ease of use for new users.[1]

Name changes[change | change source]

From its first release to version 8.0, Mandrake named its flagship distribution Linux-Mandrake. From version 8.1 to 9.2 it was called Mandrake Linux.

In February 2004, MandrakeSoft lost a court case against Hearst Corporation, owners of King Features Syndicate. Hearst claimed that MandrakeSoft infringed upon King Features' trademarked character Mandrake the Magician. As a precaution, MandrakeSoft renamed its products by removing the space between the brand name and the product name and changing the first letter of the product name to lower case, thus creating one word. Starting from version 10.0, Mandrake Linux became known as Mandrakelinux, and its logo changed accordingly. Similarly, MandrakeMove became Mandrakemove.

Versions[change | change source]

Since 2007, Mandriva is released on a 6-month fixed-release cycle, similar to Ubuntu and Fedora. However, while newer features are added during each release, the timing of the Spring release stays the same as the first release, so as to ensure the stability each year.[2]

Latest version[change | change source]

The latest stable version is Mandriva Linux 2009 (2009.0), released on 2008-10-09.

Development version[change | change source]

The development tree of Mandriva Linux has always been known as Cooker.[3] This tree is directly released as a new stable version.

The current release is named 2009.1 and was released in April 2009.

Table of versions[change | change source]

Year Number Name
1998 5.1 Venice
1998 5.2 Leeloo
1999 5.3 Festen
1999 6.0 Venus
1999 6.1 Helios
2000 7.0 Air
2000 7.1 Helium
2000 7.2 Odyssey (called Ulysses during beta)
2001 8.0 Traktopel
2001 8.1 Vitamin
2002 8.2 Bluebird
2002 9.0 Dolphin
2003 9.1 Bamboo
2003 9.2 FiveStar
2004 10.0 Community and Official
2004 10.1 Community
2004 10.1 Official
2005 10.2 Limited Edition 2005
2005 2006.0 Mandriva Linux 2006
2006 2007 Mandriva Linux 2007
2007 2007.1 Mandriva Linux 2007 Spring
2007 2008.0 Mandriva Linux 2008
2008 2008.1 Mandriva Linux 2008 Spring
2008 2009.0 Mandriva Linux 2009
2009 2009.1 Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring
2009 2010.0 Mandriva Linux 2010
2010 2010.1 Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring
2010 2010.2 Mandriva Linux 2010.2

Other pages[change | change source]

List of Linux distributions

References[change | change source]

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