Mandrake changes name to Mandriva

By Derek Sooman on
Mandrake is now... Mandriva. The French Linux maker has changed its name after it acquired Conectiva, another Linux distributor. The name change also puts an end to a trade mark dispute with Hearst Corporation over the name Mandrakesoft. The company's line of software and url have now been updated to reflect the change.

MandrakeSoft remains a minor player in the Linux market, coming behind Red Hat, Novell, and Turbolinux but the new "simple and efficient" name will mean a reversal in fortunes, the company feels. Mandriva will "further a smooth transition and will build on our existing brand recognition in the IT world", it boasted.

The company has already shifted all its websites and content to Mandriva-based domains: www.mandriva.com for the corporation; www.mandrivalinux.com for the community project; www.mandrivastore.com for the online store; www.mandrivaclub.com for the club and www.mandrivaexpert.com for the web-based support platform.

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