Queue Linux fanfare, the 2006 version of Mandriva Linux is now available, albeit currently only to club members and distributors. Mandriva Linux Mandriva Linux (known best as Mandrake Linux) is one of the most popular âuser-friendlyâ distros of Linux available. The developers of Mandriva have always sought to make ease of use a high priority, and have for the most part done a pretty good job of that. Not too long ago, three distros known as Mandrake, Lycoris and Conectiva joined together to form Mandriva. This release is the first update since then, and brings with it a lot of hardware support that was needed. Being a club member isn't free, but eventually it will be released for free as all the others.