Mandriva Linux is dead, fork Mandriva
From what I can see, I’m not even sure we will ever see a Mandriva Linux 2011.0 release:
Based on the uncertain future of Mandriva Linux, some old Mandriva employees and contributors decided to fork this distro:
I wonder if this new organization will manage to make Mageia a successful fork. I wonder if they will be able to compete against Fedora, Ubuntu or SUSE.
Open source is a strange world. When you think something is here to stay for long, you suddenly realize that money also plays a role. Isn’t it, OpenOffice (aka, Oracle killed it)? AOL killed Netscape, and Firefox and Thunderbird were born, and are today successful products. Oracle killed OpenOffice, and LibreOffice is born, but it still has to prove it will be a successful product. And what about Mageia, Mandriva’s new fork? I guess forking a Linux distro is a bit less trivial than forking a single application.
Did the open source world show its limits? Aren’t there too many distros/applications already? Being allowed and able to fork a tool, or develop your own is great, but isn’t the open source community duplicating and wasting its efforts again and again every time a new fork or tool appears? Is it one of the reasons why Linux and some free applications cannot compete against Windows and Mac, and their non-free applications?
It’s already hard enough to make the average user accept open source applications (think OpenOffice versus Microsoft Office, think Gimp versus Adobe Photoshop, think VLC versus Windows Media Player, think Linux versus Microsoft Windows, etc…), but it’s a lost mission when they keep being forked and renamed.