Sunday, April 10, 2005

Mandrake Changes Name

I got an email from Mandrake Newsletter, saying that they have changed their name into Mandriva, as collaboration from Mandrake and Connectiva. Here is the press release :

Flash Newsletter: Mandrakesoft Announces Name Change!

It's been in the air for a few weeks...

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 ...


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: for the corporation for the community project for the online Store for the Club 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:

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