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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

Thoughts about Linux marketing #2 : Mandriva and Grid-computing

Cloud-computing is the magic word theses days. But cloud-computing is based on Grid computing. So what Mandriva have to do with Grid computing ?

From wikipedia definition, Grid computing is the application of several computers to a single problem at the same time – usually to a scientific or technical problem that requires a great number of computer processing cycles or access to large amounts of data. Few people know about it, but Mandriva is involved in the Xtreem OS which aims at investigating and proposing new services that should be added to current operating systems to build Grid infrastructure in a simple way. What’s interesting with Xtreeem OS is the fact that even PDA ( or netbbok ) could be used in the grid system. The main objectives of the XtreemOS project are :

  • To build a reference open source Grid operating system based on Linux for PCs, clusters and mobile devices
  • To provide a simple Grid API compliant with POSIX while adding new functionalities and supporting Grid-aware applications
  • To identify fundamental functionalities to be embedded in Linux for secure application execution in Grid environments
  • To develop a set of self-healing OS services for secure resource management in very large dynamic grids
  • To aggregate cluster resources into powerful Grid nodes by integrating single system image mechanisms in Linux
  • To build an XtreemOS flavour for mobile devices enabling ubiquitous access to Grid resources
  • To validate the design and implementation of the XtreemOS Grid operating system with a set of real use cases in scientific and business domains on a large Grid testbed
  • To promote XtreemOS software and create communities of users and developers.

Partners like EADS, EDF, Nec, SAP, Red Flag and Mandriva are working together to build an ubiquitous grid computing system based on Linux. ISO can be download on the Mandriva mirrors, and RPMS for the Xtreem OS are available. Xtreem OS is based on Mandriva 2008.0, but it seems that a new version may be based on the Mandriva 2009.0. Xtreem OS features list is impressive and can be consult at http://www.xtreemos.org/software/features. One notable feature is XtreemFS , a distributed object-based filesystem that can be mounted from anywhere in the Internet, POSIX-compliant, with client-side caching support and available for various Linux distributions, MacOS X and Win32. It’s strange to see that when people are talking about cloud or grid-computing, we don’t have people from Mandriva giving their advice, and showing the experiences that they have accumulated … At least Mandriva present the Xtreem OS project at Salon Solutions Linux 2009. A video interview is also available on Vnunet french website

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