Mandriva is an ex-penguin

dead linuxFrench open saucy Linux company Mandriva is being liquidated.

It is a stiff! Bereft of life, it rests in peace! ‘Its metabolic processes are now history! It is off the twig! It is kicked the bucket, it has shuffled off its mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible.

Mandriva generated €553,000 in revenue in 2013, but by 2015 it was toast.

For decades, Mandriva has been trying to take on Microsoft Windows with a Linux version of a desktop PC. In 2007 with the Nigerian government  it beat Microsoft to put Linux on 17,000 PCs used by Nigerian schoolchildren.

It did quite well in Malaysia too.

However in 2012, the company was on the brink of bankruptcy, and was kept alive by Jean-Manuel Croset, who joined as COO in 2011 and soon after became CEO.

Croset’s LinkedIn profile notes he quit as Mandriva CEO in May, 2015 and is back being an IT consultant in Switzerland.

Basically its problem is that Linux never made it to the desktop and became established on the server and in the data centre. Mandriva was based on the fantasy that Linux really could beat Windows on the desktop, something it never managed to pull off.