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Old 04-07-2005, 05:45 PM   #16
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P. S. What will they now call all those "drak" utilities? Harddriva? Userdriva? Please...

It's not the greatest choices for a name but the email sounded like they just wanted to move forward and if the product is good then people will use it no matter what it's called.
Old 04-07-2005, 09:44 PM   #17
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I have to agree with, uh, well, apparently everyone except Mandrake management, that the new name isn't so good. Drake is middle english for dragon. They should have kept that part of the name and adopted a little fire breathing mascot.... maybe like a cute little red dragon wearing a raspberry beret, to allude to their nationality as well, or something. Anyway, doesn't seem like they put much thought into it IMHO.
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Maybe it sounds better with a French accent!
Old 04-07-2005, 11:52 PM   #19
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When I first read about the new name 'Mandriva', I have to admit I screwed up my face and went "Urgh".

On the other hand, I had the exact same reaction with 'Linspire' but it's grown on me over time as it became more commonplace. I suspect the same thing will happen with Mandriva.

But if it were up to me to rename it: Mandrix

Old 04-08-2005, 12:30 AM   #20
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So will the 10.2 final release have mandriva or mandrake on it? Oh and I also think the name sucks. Reminds me of trivia - useless information.
Old 04-08-2005, 03:02 AM   #21
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corporate rebranding

What happened was some corporate rebranding consultant said that products with some of the word drivel in them sell more. Then the consultant charged them thousands for something he thought up on the loo that morning, and what is worse mandrake paid up!!! lol
Old 04-08-2005, 07:18 AM   #22
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not going to comment
Old 04-08-2005, 07:24 AM   #23
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Hopefully this venture with Connectiva will help Mandrake (err Mandriva) get things right. The first distro I ever tried was Mandrake 9.0, then I went onto 9.1, 9.2, 10.0, 10.1 - and that was the end of Mandrake for me. I even became a club member and soon I started asking myself "What am I actually paying for?". The club did nothing special for me, sure you can argue that I'm supporting Mandrake, but hey, isn't that why they have corporate products?

Anyways, I became quite serious with Linux and now it's even my career. But back to Mandrake... Haven't you noticed how behind and buggy they are? If you install 10.1 now I'm sure updates after a clean install are over 1GB in size, it's rediculous, here's an example, install Suse 9.2 and run YOU (updating tool) - you will find patches to date are less than 40MB in size. Mandrake is so focused on KDE, afterall they took from Red Hat and added KDE to it, but every release of Mandrake is behind! For the second consecutive time KDE is an old version. Sure they'll say but it's heavilly patched and there are KDE 3.4 backports, but then why are there so many updates then? Why would anyone want to use Gnome 2.8 and KDE 3.3 when there are new versions out? I suppose they will also ship an old version like 1.1.4 with poor .xls support.

Anyways, goodluck to you fold using this flavour of Linux which once was great. Hopefully Mandriva will rise if not it will fall hard.
Old 04-08-2005, 07:33 AM   #24
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Originally posted by alaskazimm
Maybe it sounds better with a French accent!
Not, it does not. Mandriva is not a nice name, but IMO, Mandrake was not either. Made me think of the silly greasy-haired magician
and his big companion/servant Lothar..
Old 04-08-2005, 07:37 AM   #25
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Originally posted by scrawl

But if it were up to me to rename it: Mandrix

-Scrawl [/B]
Mandrix : not bad !!
Old 04-08-2005, 08:49 AM   #26
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Okay then, I'm setting up a poll.
Old 04-08-2005, 09:18 PM   #27
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Ok, I made this thread, so I guess its my turn to make my contribution.

At first, I hated this name, but mostly due to surprise: they were known as Mandrake, and, for me, this came so suddenly. But over the last day, I've already grown to like this name. Anyway, thats all, really, short but sweet, mostly because I was up early this morning to watch the Popes funeral (may he rest in peace).
Old 04-08-2005, 09:39 PM   #28
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the name SUX

I never associated Mandrake with the Magician
but the plant

Old 04-08-2005, 11:09 PM   #29
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It's really starting to grow on me, as I suspect most people will accept it soon.

It's not bad...I think you are right though, the shock is what gets you. Especially since English speaking people will associate Mandrake with the duck. And Mandriva has no recognizable animal or object.

I mean, honestly, think of how dumb of a name windows is...not bashing windows, it's just that no one thinks, "Oh man, what a dumb name--it's named after part of a house!"

So in the same respect, new-comers will accept it as is and old time users will slowly accept.

--Take Care
Travis K
Old 04-09-2005, 12:23 AM   #30
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Like many here, I think the name is an unfortunate decision. That said, there are many distro names out there that have grown on me and have thus become "second nature" to repeat. I'm guessing that will also be the case here.


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