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Mandriva: Nine Priorities for Mandriva Incoming CEO

As everybody^wnobody know, Hervé YAHI is no longer the CEO of Mandriva. So I decide to rip off an article from The VAR Guy to issue an open letter to the Mandriva direction. So here are 9 priorities for the new Mandriva staff :

  1. A New Community: Sure, Mandriva has a strong open source community. And ??? will should work to strengthen that community, especially when seeing the clashes between Mandriva and its community. Still the new staff needs to strengthen a different type of community — a Mandriva business ecosystem that includes hardware and software partners, service providers, channel partners and OEMs (original equipment manufacturers).
  2. Strengthen the Server Story: To date, Mandriva is known mostly as a desktop and mobile operating system, with relatively strong market share in the netbook market. But Mandriva recently launched its Mandriva Enterprise Server 5 and Pulse 2. Meanwhile, ???? offers some support of MES — as do upstarts like ??? and ???.
    But Mandriva needs more server partners… And whenever a noteworthy customer embraces Mandriva Enterprise Server, Mandriva needs to get the word out.
  3. Show CloudCluster/Grid Success or Mobile success: Mandriva has been working closely with grid partners like INRIA and BSC. XtreemOS 2 is available since November. As XtreemOS seems to be a very good Grid solution, maybe the CERN could use XtreemOS instead of Scientific Linux ! Let us see if a research lab is using some Mandriva products …But Mandriva needs to show some tangible examples of Grid/Mobile success. Who’s running MES/XtreemOS/InstantOn/Pulse and how are the deployments performing? Many people will be listening for answers.
  4. Recruit Application Providers: (…) Mandriva Enterprise Server needs more ISV (independent software vendor) support. Is Mandriva Software Partner Manager ???? has been working on the ISV effort ? But real progress will require folks like Oracle, IBM/Lotus, Bull, HP, NEC, and other traditional application providers to fully embrace Mandriva.
  5. Strengthen OEM Relationships: To Mandriva’s credit, ????. HP, Lenovo and other major PC makers haven’t shown much interest in Mandriva. Can a new staff change that? Hmmm…
  6. Compete and Cooperate with Google, Intel: When Google started talking about Chrome OS in greater detail, Mandriva reveals InstantOn. Sweet. At the same time, Mandriva is working on Moblin v2. Impressive.Somehow, Mandriva must both compete and cooperate as Google, Intel and other technology giants size up their own Linux strategies.
  7. Disclose Customer Wins: Which businesses are running Mandriva and which organizations are paying Mandriva/Edge-IT for support? Mandriva needs to brag more about customer victories as they happen.
  8. Related Services: Mandriva is building a range of services and dedicated products to generate more revenue : InstantOn, Pulse 2, Mini, and Edutice. But Mandriva has to stay aggressive with Mini/Pulse 2/InstantOne/Edutice communications and messaging.
  9. Mandriva Partner Program: Is Mandriva working with training centers — such as CESI and SUPINFO — to get more IT managers and resellers up to speed on Mandriva ? We want to hear from solutions providers that are building profitable Mandriva business practices…

No doubt, new staff will have a lot of work. Although it’s difficult to track Mandriva’s financial performance, buzz about Mandriva — particularly on desktop — is slowly growing.

The original articles but concerning new ubuntu CEO is available on the VAR Guy website : Ubuntu: Nine Priorities for Canonical’s Incoming CEO

The point on some Mandriva community projects

There are many communities based Mandriva derivatives, but few of them are known. So here is a ( not comprehensive ) list of some Mandriva based derivatives or projects :

  • One 64 community : 64bits edition of the Mandriva One LiveCD. A KDE edition and GNOME one are available for download.
  • LXDE LiveCD : The german community is releasing a Mandriva based LXDE LiveCD. It can be used also from an USB
  • One XFCE 2010 Live : XFCELive is a XFCE Mandriva-based LiveCD created and maintained by the Mandriva community
  • Skiper’s Xfce 2010 : A fork of the XFCELive Mandriva project. This fork aims at integrating more testing features and
    offering extra customizations with the idea of improving the visual appearance of the environment.
  • MUD Netbook-Edition : a Mandriva based Netbook tailored edition. This edition from the Mandriba german community, based on
    the Mandriva One GNOME edition, features the Ubuntu Netbook UI. This edition can be used as a LiveCD or dumped on an USB key.
  • MUD (MandrivaUser.De) : As you can see, the Mandriva german community ( MUD ) is providing many projects based on the
    Mandriva distribution. They are also providing backported packages for older releases. To add their repositories, you can use SmartUrpmi.
  • Mandriva Community Moblin : A Mandriva-based Moblin edition aiming at improving Moblin integration in Mandriva. Some non-official sources are saying that a futur official Moblin LiveCD may be released by Mandriva. As usual, everything is secret in Mandriva offices : so we will see. Please consult the Changelog to know the pending issues or fixed bugs and enhancements.
  • MIB (Mandriva Italian Backports) : This project from the Mandriva  community provided backported packages for new and older Mandriva releases. Some packages, not even available in Mandriva official repositories, are also available. They do provide some repositories for those willing to install their RPMS.
  • MIB Live KDE 2010.0 : The MIB community is also providing a 64bits version of the Mandriva One KDE : it’s a LiveDVD with packages from Mandriva, PLF and MIB.
  • Mandrivausers Romanian Backports : Another project from the Mandriva romanian community which provide backports and packages for older Mandriva releases.

As you can see there’s many communities project around Mandriva products. Don’t hesitate to test them, review them, and speak about them. It would have been interesting to have a page listing all of theses projects on the Mandriva wiki. A community section or category would have been interesting and useful 🙂

Experimental Mandriva Moblin LiveCD

Thomas Lottmann is providing experimental Mandriva-based Moblin LiveCD images. Theses images are provided in order to help testing Mandriva Moblin implementation.

The announce has been done on the Cooker ML. Please note this is a Mandriva community initative. A tracker bug is available on Mandriva bugzilla for thoses willing to track and report bugs during their testings.

Here some links :

happy testing !

Community ideas proposal for Mandriva 2010.0

Some days ago, Anne Nicolas announced on Cooker ML the availability of a dedicated site to allow the community to propose ideas and wanted features for the next Mandriva release : Proposals can be sorted by environment, release, and version. People can add comments to the proposal or vote for it. Presently more than 56 ideas have been proposed. For the 2010.0 release, proposal should be submitted for cooker release. So don’t hesitate to participate, you just need to create a Mandriva account : the registration is free.
Mandriva Ideas site :


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