Mandriva

Tennis, and things.

So I did go and play tennis again this morning, this time I won, 6-3 7-5. Very nice game. I serve-volleyed every point and chip-charged every return, which is a great play against just about anyone who’s not a very, very good player, even if you’re only an average volleyer. You’ll win 50% or more […]

A quick guide to urpmi –parallel

The Mandriva package manager, urpmi, is woefully underappreciated, I always feel. So here’s a quick guide to one of its cooler features… urpmi parallel mode does what it sounds like; you run an urpmi command and it happens on many machines in parallel. In more detail – the machine you run the command on tests […]

1337 h4x0r

My non-Mandriva job was interesting yesterday; the company’s DNS servers went down for a couple of hours, which brought everything to its knees while the IS group’s minions ran around with paper lists of IP addresses for important services. However, the neat thing was that everything else still worked, and I was sitting next to […]

Ubuntu special sauce?

Sorry, what the hell is it about Ubuntu again? A couple of months ago we (Mandriva) announced a European tie-up with HP to have MDV supported and shipped on several HP machines across their range. Resultant coverage in the press, geek press, blogosphere? Zip. Ubuntu announce a similar tie-up two months later, and everyone goes […]

Mandriva LE 2005 available

So we got the new release out. There was a little last-minute craziness (when you wake up on a release date and go to the company chat to check progress, you *really* don’t want the first word that catches your eye to be ‘e2fsck’…) but everything’s done now. It’ll be interesting to see how well […]

Mandriva

Yes, we changed our name to Mandriva, and the WORLD ENDED! No, wait, it didn’t, but given the comments, you’d think it did. People appear not to like the name. This message has been conveyed in a manner that would have been more appropriate if the marketing team had gone around to each MDK / […]

Ash, Brazil?

Well, the concert last night was fantastic. Ash were co-headlining with The Bravery, who played first. They played to a Vancouver crowd, which nods its head and claps politely. Ash played their first three songs or so to a Vancouver crowd, then they played Girl From Mars and it turned into an Ash crowd, which […]

Frederic Lepied chat with Mandrakeclub members – log

Fred Lepied had a chat about our new roadmap with Club members a few days ago. I have edited up a list of questions and answers from the log, and it’s included here. EDIT 2013The original log was previously linked here but has been lost. Where I have something to add or clarify, I’ve inserted […]

frantically running round, putting out fires

So, I spent quite a lot of today running round various forums (OSNews, Linux Today, MandrakeClub, mandrakeusers) trying to make sure some of the more apocalyptic interpretations of yesterday’s PR didn’t take hold. Quite where people got the idea that it meant we were abandoning the free download edition and so forth I don’t know, […]

New MDK release schedule

Note: I always refer to Mandrakelinux as MDK because we can’t legally call it “Mandrake” and Mandrakelinux is a pain to type. So MDK it is. So we announced the new release schedule for MDK today. 10.2 to be renamed 2005 and made an interim release before the integration of some Conectiva stuff and the […]