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Mandriva Linux (formerly known as Mandrake Linux) was created in 1998 with the goal of making Linux easier to use for everyone. At that time, Linux was already well-known as a powerful and stable operating system.

With this innovative approach, Mandriva offers all the power and stability of Linux to both individuals and professional users in an easy-to-use and pleasant environment. Thousands of new users are discovering Linux each and every day and finding it a complete replacement for their previous operating system. Linux as a server or workstation has no reason to be jealous of any other more established operating systems.

Assets and drawbacks

+ Beginner friendly
+ A mostly automated installation procedure
+ Great choice of packages
+ Widely-used distribution
+ Several detailed installation guides
- A one-year release cycle


[1] Mandrakesoft is now Mandriva
[2] HowTo: VDR on Mandriva Linux 2006