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 it goes down with people.
If anyone was wondering how you pronounce 'Mandriva', wonder no more! A Club member suggested I get Gael to do a recording of the pronounciation, in honour of the famous Linus soundbite on how to pronounce Linux, so for the record: this is how you do it.