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Mandriva S.A. is a public software company specializing in Linux and open-source software. Its corporate headquarters is in Paris, and it has development centers in Metz, France and Curitiba, Brazil. Mandriva, S.A. is the developer and maintainer of a Linux distribution called Mandriva Linux, as well as various enterprise software products. Mandriva is a founding member of the Desktop Linux Consortium.
Mandriva, S.A. began as MandrakeSoft in 1998. It currently has about 70 employees (45 of whom are engineers) and has offices in France, the USA, and Brazil. The company sells its products in more than 140 countries and estimates the number of Mandriva Linux users to be approximately 5 million, according to mandriva.com website.
MandrakeSoft changed its name to "Mandriva" after losing litigation to the Hearst Corporation over the name "Mandrake." The Hearst Corporation had a comic strip called Mandrake the Magician. The litigation concluded in February 2004, and appeals expired in early 2005. In 2005, MandrakeSoft acquired the assets of Lycoris, and purchased Conectiva. The name "Mandriva" was selected to reflect the names "MandrakeSoft" and "Conectiva."
On 2008-01-16, Mandriva and Turbolinux announced a partnership to create a lab named Manbo-Labs, to share resources and technology to release a common base system for both companies' Linux distributions.
At the end of the first semester 2012, the shareholding structure has been entirely changed and the company recapitalized with a massive injection of 4 million Euros. Jean-Manuel Croset, a Swiss native, is running the company as CEO. The company has repositionned itself towards enterprise and cloud offerings while remaining strongly rooted in Free Software. The Mandriva Linux distribution is being set up as an independent foundation with Mandriva S.A contributing but a small fraction of the efforts and resources to the community.
In addition to selling Linux distributions through its online store and authorized resellers, Mandriva previously sold subscriptions to the Mandriva Club. There were several levels of membership, at costs ranging from US$66 or €60 per year (as of 2007) to €600 per year.
Club members gained access to the Club website, additional mirrors and torrents for downloading, free downloads of its boxed products (depending on membership level), interim releases of the Mandriva Linux distribution, and additional software updates. For example, only Gold-level and higher members could download Powerpack+ editions.
Many Mandriva commercial products came with short-term membership in the club; however, Mandriva Linux was completely usable without a club membership.
When Mandriva Linux 2008.0 was released in October 2007, Mandriva made club membership free of charge to all comers, splitting download subscriptions off into a separate service.
Mandriva also has a Mandriva Corporate Club for larger organizations.
On October 4, 2004, Mandrakesoft acquired the professional support company Edge IT, which focused on the corporate market in France and had 6 employees.
On October 5, 2006, Mandriva signed an agreement to acquire Linbox, a Linux enterprise software infrastructure company. The agreement included the acquisition of all shares of Linbox for a total of $1.739 million in Mandriva stock, plus an earn out of up to $401,000 based on the 2006 Linbox financials.
On January 30, 2012, Mandriva announced that the external entity bid was rejected by a minority share holder and the deal did not go through. At the end of the first semester 2012, a solution to the situation that had appeared in January of the same year was found and a settlement achieved. Mandriva is now owned by several different shareholders and entirely recapitalized.
- Mandriva Linux
- A Linux distribution
- Open-source software for application deployment, inventory, and maintenance of an IT network, also available as SaaS version as of November 2012.
- Mandriva Business Server
- A Linux-based server operating system
- E-learning software enabling distributed, long-distance virtual classrooms.
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