Gaël Duval

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Gaël Duval
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Gaël Duval in 2016
Gaël Duval

1973 (age 48–49)
Years activefrom 1998 to now
Known forMandriva Linux creator, Mandriva co-founder

Gaël Duval (born 1973) is a French entrepreneur. In July 1998, he created Mandrake Linux (now Mandriva Linux), a Linux distribution originally based on Red Hat Linux and KDE.[1] He was also a co-founder of MandrakeSoft (now merged in Mandriva) with Jacques Le Marois and Frédéric Bastok.[2]

Gaël Duval was responsible for communication in the Mandriva management team until he was laid off by the company in March 2006, in a round of cost-cutting.[3] Duval suspected part of the reason for his dismissal was disagreement with management over the company's future strategy, resulting in a lawsuit against the company.[4][5]

As of 2006, Duval is Chairman and Chief Technology Officer at Ulteo.[6] The company is bought by AZNetwork group in 2015.[citation needed]

In 2016, he co-founded, an incubator-accelerator of "startups".[7]

In November 2017, Gael Duval created the /e/ mobile operating system,[8] which is a privacy-oriented fork of the Android-based LineageOS accompanied with a set of online services.[9][10][11] In 2018, Duval founded the E Foundation, which maintains /e/,[12][13] and ECORP SAS, a privately-held corporation, which operates their online sales and services sites.[14][15]


Duval is a graduate of the University of Caen Normandy in France, where he studied networks and documentary applications.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Moody, Glyn (2002-01-01). Rebel Code: Linux and the Open Source Revolution. Basic Books. ISBN 0738206709.
  2. ^ "Le Parcours de Jacques Le Marois (MandrakeSoft) sur JDN Chat". 2021-11-22. Archived from the original on 22 November 2021. Retrieved 2022-05-10.
  3. ^ Cheung, Humphrey (2006-03-16). "Mandriva Linux fires its founder". TGDaily. Retrieved 2019-10-14.
  4. ^ La page perso de Gaël Duval, créateur de Mandrake Linux/Mandriva Linux, co-fondateur de Mandrakesoft/Mandriva - FAQ Mandriva Archived 2007-12-22 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Interview of François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva Archived 2007-12-20 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Ulteo brings OpenOffice to Web browser | Tech news blog - CNET
  7. ^ « La Normandie est une belle carte à jouer »
  8. ^ Leaving Apple and Google: /e/ is the symbol for “my data is MY data” — Gaël Duval (news, mandrake, /e/ my data is my data...)
  9. ^ Byfield, Bruce (March 2018). "You Say Goodbye, and I Say eelo". Linux Magazine. No. 208. Retrieved 2019-09-07.
  10. ^ David, Nash (5 January 2018). "eelo: In conversation with Gaël Duval, creator of the Google-less Android project". BGR India. Retrieved 6 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Expérience – Un été sans Google (ou presque…) #2 : les applications". (in French). 2021-09-12. Retrieved 2021-10-03.
  12. ^ eFoundation — /e/
  13. ^ Announcing «e Foundation» for eelo — Gaël Duval (news, mandrake, /e/ my data is my data…)
  14. ^ "ECORP solutions". Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  15. ^ "ECORP S.A.S (CAEN) Chiffre d'affaires, résultat, bilans sur SOCIETE.COM - 840996516". Retrieved 2021-08-31.

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