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    Why was Mandrake renamed Mandriva?


    I was curious why Mandrake was renamed Mandriva? Did they hit up against some patents with the Mandrake the Magician thing?

    BTW is it true they also were bankrupt? Not a sign of a healthy company, what? (shudder)

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    it was merged with a brazilian distro which had the last part of the new name and the mandrake first part of the name and became mandriva.
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    Here's what enquiring minds want to know
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    Re: Why was Mandrake renamed Mandriva?

    Quote Originally Posted by jamadagni
    BTW is it true they also were bankrupt? Not a sign of a healthy company, what? (shudder)
    Yes, they were bankrupt at one time. I can't seem to find a news article on it, but I'm sure someone will pop up a link eventually.
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    it was merged with a brazilian distro which had the last part of the new name and the mandrake first part of the name and became mandriva.

    Mandrakesoft/Conectiva were the two that merged.
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    Thanks for the replies guys... (Oh, and I would like a link on the bankruptcy issue, if possible. I didn't get any good ones.)

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    you want the truth?
    you want the truth?
    YOU CANT HANDLE THE TRUTH! :P

    alright here is the real reason why they re named it mandriva: it sounded cool
    Mandrake sounded too much like an old kung fu film.... while mandriva sounded like a neat sportscar....

    ITS A CONSPIRACY! :P

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    Wasn't there another company called Mandrake who did software, and a long entangled legal wrangle (although I don't think anything came of it). I remember hearing that Gael was glad when the name changed because it removed that potential risk.

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