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Mandriva S.A.
Société Anonyme
Traded as EuronextMLMAN
Grey MarketMDKFF
Industry Software industry
Fate Dissolved
Founded 1998 (MandrakeSoft)
1995 (Conectiva)
Defunct 2015 (2015)
Headquarters Paris, France
Products Mandriva Linux
Website[dead link] at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 May 2015)

Mandriva S.A. was a public software company specializing in Linux and open-source software. Its corporate headquarters was in Paris, and it had development centers in Metz, France[1] and Curitiba, Brazil. Mandriva, S.A. was 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.[2]

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."[3]

On January 16, 2008, 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.[4]

On May 22, 2015, Mandriva was liquidated.[5]

Mandriva Club[edit]

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.[6]

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.[7]

On February 24, 2005, MandrakeSoft acquired Brazilian Linux distributor Conectiva for €1.79 million (2.3 million US dollars at the time).

On June 15, 2005, Mandriva acquired Lycoris (formerly, Redmond Linux Corporation).

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.[8]

On January 30, 2012, Mandriva announced that the external entity bid[clarification needed] 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.[citation needed] Mandriva has since been owned by several different shareholders.[9]


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.[10]
Mandriva Business Server
A Linux-based server operating system
Mandriva Class
E-learning software enabling distributed, long-distance virtual classrooms.[11]

See also[edit]

Free Software portal


  1. ^ Presentation, slide 4
  2. ^ Corrêa, Fernando Ribeiro (May 2000). "Linux in France: Guess MandrakeSoft's Next Move". Linux Gazette (53). Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  3. ^ "PR: Mandrakesoft Announces Name Change" (Press release). Mandriva Linux. 2005-04-07. 
  4. ^ Mandriva and Turbolinux announce a partnership and create a joint development lab called Manbo-Labs Archived September 12, 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ Michael, Larabel (26 May 2015). "Bye Bye Mandriva, She's Being Liquidated". Phoronix. Retrieved 26 May 2015. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to the Mandriva Linux Users Club Page". Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2007-10-03. 
  7. ^ O'Gara, Maureen (2004-12-04). "MandrakeSoft Back in the Black". Enterprise Open Source Magazine. Retrieved 2007-05-27. 
  8. ^ "Mandriva Acquires Linbox for €1.3 million". Retrieved 2007-12-12. (French)
  9. ^ "Not This Time". 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-01-30. 
  10. ^ Presentation of Pulse2 on SoftPedia
  11. ^ Presentation of MandrivaClass on SoftPedia

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