Whatever happened to Mandrake?

A Tradition of Innovation

Asked what might attract users to OpenMandriva Lx, bero notes that, unlike many distros, it is not a derivative, and that "this gives us more room to be innovative and go new ways."

While OpenMandriva does not hesitate to borrow from other distributions when convenient, it definitely takes full advantage of its independence. For example, in 2016, OpenMandriva was the first distribution to be built with Clang as its main compilers, even before Android. Similarly, "using a different implementation of the tar command, we are exploring a more cross-compiler friendly filesystem layout making sysroots more useful than ever, and we have started experimenting with builds using alternative libc implementations. The distribution has also started to use an automated update tool for packages, which helps to ensure that even neglected packages are updated. On the desktop, the custom-built tools include Desktop Presets, a tool that can make OpenMandriva look more like Windows, macOS, or another Linux distribution" (Figure 3).

Figure 3: Like Zorin, OpenMandriva LX can mimic other operating systems as an aid to new users.

So, in answer to my original question, what happened to Mandrake? The answer is nothing. In OpenMandriva, Mandrake's spirit lives on, the biggest change being the name. In 2023, the Mandrake branch of Linux is still going its own way and adding innovations to open source.

With thanks to rugyada, raphael, bero, and ben79.

The Author

Bruce Byfield is a computer journalist and a freelance writer and editor specializing in free and open source software. In addition to his writing projects, he also teaches live and e-learning courses. In his spare time, Bruce writes about Northwest Coast art (http://brucebyfield.wordpress.com). He is also co-founder of Prentice Pieces, a blog about writing and fantasy at https://prenticepieces.com/.

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