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About Mandriva

  • Operating Systems Developed: Mandriva Linux

Mandriva S.A. is a publicly traded Linux and open source software company with its headquarters in Paris, France and development center in Curitiba, Brazil. Mandriva, S.A. is the creator and maintainer of Mandriva Linux, describing itself as a "project initiator and a skills organizer in the Open Source arena", and a founding member of the Desktop Linux Consortium. Mandriva, S.A. began as MandrakeSoft in 1998. It currently has about 70 employees (45 of whom are engineers) and has offices in France, the USA, and Brazil. The company sells its products in more than 140 countries and estimates the number of Mandriva Linux users to be approximately 3 million, according to website. MandrakeSoft changed its name to "Mandriva" after losing litigation to the Hearst Corporation over the name "Mandrake." The Hearst Corporation had a comic strip called Mandrake the Magician. The litigation concluded in February 2004, and appeals expired in early 2005. In 2005, MandrakeSoft acquired the assets of Lycoris, and purchased Conectiva. The name "Mandriva" was selected to reflect the names "MandrakeSoft" and "Conectiva." On 2008-01-16, Mandriva and Turbolinux announced a partnership to

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