Friday, April 08, 2005

We are no longer the knights who say: Ni!

It's official: Mandrakesoft (makers of a very fine linux distribution) has changed name and will now be called Mandriva (pronounced man-DREE-vah according to a post on the mailing-list). Mandrakesotf gives two reasons: the merger with Conectiva and the lawsuit about the "Mandrake the magician" name. This follows shortly after the roadmap for 2005 and the version naming scheme were modified. So the next version (what used to be called Mandrakelinux 10.2) will now be called Mandriva limited Edition 2005.
According to the press release:
After spending weeks balancing pros and cons, Mandrakesoft has decided to change its name!

The name change will apply worldwide to both the company and its products. The management team sees two good reasons for this change:

1. The recent Mandrakesoft - Conectiva merger calls for a new identity that better represents the combination of two key companies and their global presence.

2. The long-winding trademark lawsuit with Hearst Corporation has reached a point where we decided it is more reasonable for us to move forward. By adopting a new name, we eliminate the liability attached to the Mandrakesoft name and we can focus on what is important to us: developing and delivering great technology and solutions to both our customers and our user community.


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