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nzStan
08-04-2005, 12:48 PM
From Mandriva.org. Imagine if they announce this on 1st April LOL.

Mandrakesoft Announces Name Change!
2005-04-07

After spending weeks balancing pros and cons, Mandrakesoft has decided to change its name!

The name change will apply worldwide to both the company and its products. The management team sees two good reasons for this change:

1. The recent Mandrakesoft - Conectiva merger calls for a new identity that better represents the combination of two key companies and their global presence.

2. The long-winding trademark lawsuit with Hearst Corporation has reached a point where we decided it is more reasonable for us to move forward. By adopting a new name, we eliminate the liability attached to the Mandrakesoft name and we can focus on what is important to us: developing and delivering great technology and solutions to both our customers and our user community.

We will endeavor to build even stronger brand recognition in our new name. So what is the new name?

The winner is ...

M A N D R I V A

Why Mandriva? This new name, simple and efficient, is the synthesis of Mandrakesoft and Conectiva. This will further a smooth transition and will build on our existing brand recognition in the IT world.

* Company & Products

Mandriva is the new name for the company. Mandriva Linux is the new name covering products.

Additional derivations follow directly: Mandriva Club, Mandriva Store, Mandriva Expert and so on.

* Websites

Our web addresses become accordingly:
http://www.mandriva.com for the corporation
http://www.mandrivalinux.com for the community project
http://www.mandrivastore.com for the online Store
http://www.mandrivaclub.com for the Club
http://www.mandrivaexpert.com for the web-based support platform

We encourage everyone - users, partners, and the media - to start using the new name as soon as possible. In particular, Mandriva users are encouraged to update their bookmarks ASAP! New Mandriva logos are now available on our website at:
http://www.mandriva.com/company/press

The Mandriva Management Team

Organicpete
08-04-2005, 01:24 PM
sounds like a weight loss drug...

oh well I got used to firefox :)
Pete

Morgenmuffel
08-04-2005, 01:31 PM
Well i thought it sounded like some type of exotic curry or spice, or perhaps even an Indian garment

vinref
08-04-2005, 01:47 PM
Man-driver?

Sounds like a viagra knock-off that I get in my spam box all the time.

Good to see though, because I reckon they are going to bigger and better things.

Graham L
08-04-2005, 03:09 PM
But it seems ridiculous that Hearst can claim exclusiver rights to the name of a plant for a comic book character, and stop others using it for something totally different.

Next thing, Disney will do Microsoft for making Mickey Mouse software.