Susan Linton takes
at the delayed release of Mandriva Linux 2010 Spring.
"Mandriva has been providing enterprise and educational systems and
support as well as selling boxed sets and USB drives of its desktop system,
but they've always had difficulty competing with other Linux companies such
as Red Hat and Novell in terms of revenue and the ability to land long-term
contracts. Experts question Mandriva's ability to construct a profitable
business model and users hope a freely available version will continue to
be a part of the business model. Speculation on Mandriva forums has them
abandoning the PowerPack and splitting their offerings into enterprise and
community versions, much like Redhat and Fedora or Novell and
" The final release is currently scheduled
for July 8, 2010.
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