Gaël Duval

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Gaël Duval
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Gaël Duval
Born Gaël Duval
Caen, Normandy, France
Nationality French
Years active from 1998 to now
Known for Mandriva 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.

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. 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.[2][3]

As of 2006, Duval is Chairman and Chief Technology Officer at Ulteo.[4] The company is bought by AZNetwork group in 2015.[citation needed]

In 2016, he co-founded, an incubator-accelerator of "startups".[5]

In November 2017, Gael Duval has created a mobile platform /e/[6] (/e/ is the symbol for "My data is MY data"), which is based on LineageOS.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13] In 2018, Duval created e Foundation for /e/.[14][15]


Duval is a graduate of the Caen University 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. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Interview of François Bancilhon, CEO of Mandriva Archived 2007-12-20 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Ulteo brings OpenOffice to Web browser | Tech news blog - CNET
  5. ^ « La Normandie est une belle carte à jouer »
  6. ^ Leaving Apple and Google: /e/ is the symbol for “my data is MY data” — Gaël Duval (news, mandrake, /e/ my data is my data...)
  7. ^ eelo, a mobile OS and web-services, in the public interest by Gaël Duval — Kickstarter
  8. ^ Leaving Apple and Google : my «eelo odyssey» — Introduction — Gaël Duval (À propos, news, mandrake, eelo…)
  9. ^ Eelo: A Google-less Android alternative emerges | ZDNet
  10. ^ Eelo: The Latest Linux Mobile Attempt, Led By Mandrake's Founder - Phoronix
  11. ^ eelo: An Open Source Android-alternative Being Developed By Mandrake Linux Creator, FossBytes
  12. ^ Mandrake Linux founder is developing eelo: an open source mobile OS (Android without the Google apps and services) - Liliputing
  13. ^ Leaving Apple & Google: /e/ first beta is here! — Gaël Duval
  14. ^ eFoundation — /e/
  15. ^ Announcing «e Foundation» for eelo — Gaël Duval (news, mandrake, /e/ my data is my data…)

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