Mandriva Writes Open Letter To Steve Ballmer

Posted on in Categories Linux, Linux distribution, Windows last updated November 1, 2007

No I’m not shocked, but this clearly demonstrates how far Microsoft can go. Nigerian government, after ordering thousands of PCs with Mandriva Linux installed, has suddenly decided that they will instead install Windows:

… entered the game and the deal got more competitive. I would not say it got dirty, but someone could have said that. They fought and fought the deal, but still the customer was happy to get CMPC and Mandriva.

So we closed the deal, we got the order, we qualified the software, we got the machine shipped. In other word, we did our job. I understand the machine are being delivered right now.

And then, today, we hear from the customer a totally different story: “we shall pay for the Mandriva Software as agreed, but we shall replace it by Windows afterward.”

Wow! I’m impressed, Steve! What have you done for these guys to change their mind like this? It’s pretty clear to me, and it will be clear to everyone. How do you call what you just did Steve, in the place where you live? In my place, they give it various names, I’m sure you know them.

Hey Steve, how do you feel looking at yourself in the mirror in the morning?…

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Download of the day: Mandriva Linux 2008 CD / DVD ISO

Posted on in Categories Download of the day, Linux, Linux desktop, Linux distribution last updated October 9, 2007

Mandriva Linux (aka Mandrake Linux) has been released. Mandriva Linux 2008 is the latest edition of Mandriva Linux, the product of more than 9 years of continuous innovation for desktops and enterprise servers.

In this release, you will get the most up-to-date versions of the major components, with the brand new GNOME 2.20 desktop, the latest stable KDE 3.5.7, Compiz Fusion 0.5.2, OpenOffice.org 2.2.1, the latest Mozilla Firefox 2.0 and Mozilla Thunderbird 2.0.

Apparmor has replaced RSBAC as the in-kernel application security tool. It also includes a integrated hardware detection system, with support for a lot of new devices particularly graphics cards, sound cards, and wireless chips. There is a wizard to import Windows documents and settings etc.

Mandriva Linux 2008 Screen shot

Download Mandriva Linux 2008 CD / DVD ISO

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=> Mandriva Linux 2008 is now available for download on the official site and on the network of public mirror servers. You can download 3-CD ISO / 1-DVD edition files, which are made up entirely of free / open source software, without any of the non-free software bundled with other editions. It is available for download free of charge.